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Show the desktop’s image name on a Mac

Sometimes you just need to know where that image shown on your desktop is stored!

For this, there is a simple but effective line of text you can pop into your terminal.

defaults write desktop-picture-show-debug-text -bool TRUE;killall Dock
Code language: CSS (css)

This will render the image’s location pathname and image name over the desktop background image.

When you’re complete and you want to disable that over render of the image name, then simply type:

defaults write desktop-picture-show-debug-text -bool FALSE;killall Dock
Code language: CSS (css)

(Swapping the TRUE from before with a FALSE this time around)

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Jim I
Jim I
3 years ago

I’ve always been astonished that Apple does not allow users to display the wallpaper filename, and I have yet to find a Mac app that allows for this. This shortcut works but it shows the file path and file name in large font directly over the middle of the photo. Is there a way to show the name in smaller font near the bottom of the picture?

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