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I don't want people changing my desktop image, and no I'm not going to log out.

How can I do this?
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http://www.ehow.com/how_7150911_lock-desktop-mac.html
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Also, put in an active corner to 'put display to sleep' or 'start screen saver'. Instant lock with the trick posted above smile.gif
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:facepalm: I did not ask how to enable a screen saver, I asked how to lock my desktop wallpaper.
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Desktop wallpapers are all done trhough system preferences, If you click the link provided by tomp, you can force the user to enter a password every time they want to change anything inside of system preferences (including wallpaper). 

 
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post #6 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

Desktop wallpapers are all done trhough system preferences, If you click the link provided by tomp, you can force the user to enter a password every time they want to change anything inside of system preferences (including wallpaper). 

Thank you .. err (how do I shorten your name!?) biggrin.gif
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post #7 of 14

ignore that link.

 

http://www.galwayland.com/2010/05/lock-osx-desktop-background/

 

 

 

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The follwing steps will prevent users from changing their OSX desktop background (Wallpaper) provided they do not have root or administrative access. It is suggested to lock the computer with a padlock and enable a firmware password to prevent access to the console or reset passwords.

Take ownership of the desktop preference file.

chown $username /Users/$username/Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist

Lock file to prevent system from changing permissions back to defaults.

chflags uchg /Users/$username/Library/Preferences/com.apple.desktop.plist

 

Just tested on my mac. Works fine. 

 
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When entering the second command, I get "no such file or directory"
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Quote:

The Wallpaper section does not require a password so your method does nothing. Also, you can just right click on an image and select "set as desktop background". No need to enter system prefs.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xdanisx View Post

:facepalm: I did not ask how to enable a screen saver, I asked how to lock my desktop wallpaper.

Well, actually you asked for a method to keep people from changing your desktop picture without logging out.. Locking does so. smile.gif

If you would prefer to do it with the console command, use your own username instead of $username in the second command.
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