How to find OS X Mavericks' 43 hidden photogenic beauties
Nifty photos Apple stuffed away from your prying eyes, now revealed
Pics As it did in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple has hidden away a fine collection of forty-three 3200-by-2000-pixel photos in OS X 10.9 Mavericks that it intends you to use in the default screensaver. If you know where they are, however, you can also use them for rather lovely desktop backgrounds.
In Mountain Lion they were stuffed away in
/System/Library/Frameworks/ ScreenSaver.Framework/Versions/A/Resources/Default Collections/, but in Mavericks they're in
/Library/Screen Savers/Default Collections/. Note that the new location is not the user-level
~/Library, but simply the file system root-level
The images are in four categories; here's a sample of each – click for a full-sized image:
Here's how Apple wants you to use the images in
/Default Collections, accessed by launching System Preferences, choosing Desktop & Screen Saver, and clicking on the Screen Saver tab:
But if you'd prefer to browse through the 43 images and choose one or more for your desktop background, go to the Finder, press Shift+Command+G, in the Go to Folder dialog that appears type
/Library/Screen Savers/Default Collections/, peruse the images at you leisure, and copy any that you find fetching into a convenient folder.
Then launch System Preferences, choose Desktop & Screen Saver, click on the Desktop tab, click the "+" sign in the lower left, navigate to the location into which you moved the images, and knock yourself out. ®