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How do I change the Startup screen on my Macintosh?


Special thanks to Daniel Feldman <> for these instructions...

To make a startup sceen that would allow you to have a picture of your choice appear instead of the "Welcome to Macintosh" or the newer "MAC OS" pictures, during the startup process, is really very simple.

Basically, get a picture file you like, save the file as a file type of startupscreen or PICT resource, either one is fine, and also rename it to "startupscreen" & place it inside the system folder (making sure not to accidentally place it inside of any sub-folders within the system folder).

Step-By-Step Instructions:

  • First, make or get a cool picture that you'll want to see every time you startup your Macintosh (of course, you can always remove it or put in another one, so don't worry)
  • Now, open the picture with a graphics program.
  • Next, with the picture open, pull down the file menu, use the "save as" command. In this save as dialog box, you should have the option to select a "filetype" or "output file format". Pull down this menu & select "startupscreen" if its available. Rename the file to "startupscreen" (no spaces in between the words), navigate to have it save your file inside of your system folder, and hit the "save" button.

GIF Converter, and some other color graphics application programs, such as Canvas, SuperPaint, and Color MacCheese, have a startup screen option: they let you save a document specifically as a startup screen.

If "saving as" file type of startupscreen is not an option, choose file type of "PICT resource", (like in JPEGView, for example).

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