Finding Hidden Wallpaper in OSX Mountain Lion

Apple’s latest operating system, OS X Mountain Lion comes with 35 great desktop wallpapers pre-installed. That’s probably ample for most people, but what if that’s not enough to satisfy your desire for more great scenes, many straight out of the National Geographic?


Well, Apple actually includes 43 incredible aditional wallpapers with a 3200×2000 resolution that are hidden deep inside OS X Mountain Lion. They include scenery from the National Geographic, nature patterns and cosmic photos from the Hubble telescope. Finding the wallpapers and unlocking them is actually really easy too, here’s how to do it:


  • From the OS X Finder, hit Command+Shift+G to summon a ‘Go to the folder’ Window and enter the following path exactly: /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.Framework/Versions/A/Resources/Default Collections/
  • Copy the four well-labeled directories “1-National Geographic”, “2-Aerial”, “3-Cosmos”, “4-Nature Patterns” to the Desktop or elsewhere in order to get easy access to thes high resolution images.
  • All you need to do then is change your desktop wallpaper and select one of the new images from the saved location. It’s as easy as that!