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How To Access 43 Gorgeous Secret Wallpapers In OS X Mountain Lion

How To Access 43 Gorgeous Secret Wallpapers In OS X Mountain Lion

Apple is well known for bundling great wallpapers with OS X, and Mountain Lion comes with 35 fantastic wallpapers built in – but did you know that Apple packed in over 40 more secret wallpapers that are just as awesome?


As it turns out, there are 43 additional great high-res wallpapers (technically, they’re high-res preview stills of screensavers) hidden deep inside Mountain Lion, including several stunning shots from the Hubble telescope! Even better, unlocking these hidden wallpapers is easy! OS X Daily explains how it’s done:

From the OS X Finder, hit Command+Shift+G to summon Go To Folder and enter the following path exactly:

/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 for easy access to the high res images

Set them as your wallpaper and enjoy

Enjoy your hidden wallpapers! Let us know which is your favorite!


  1. Taylor says:

    Mountain Lion is telling me I don’t have that folder! There is no “Versions” folder. I got up to there.

    1. Rachel says:

      same here wtf

  2. These are not secret Wallpapers but instead the 4 themes of Screensaver in Mountain Lion. The 4 folders can be selected in System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver Tab. The 4 hidden folders can be selected by clicking “Source”

    1. They function as 3200 x 2000 wallpapers, however. So there’s that. 🙂

      1. Yeah you are right and they are gorgeous as Wallpapers! But i just wanted to point out that they are not secret as they can be seen from Screen Saver in Sys Prefs.

        1. Jason Cheung says:

          Agree that ‘some’ are available on the system preference. I counted 35 in fact are available via that pane. However, there’s an additional 8 files (43 in total) that presumably are additional ‘secrets’.

          What is useful is that now I know where I can insert other Apple photos without the additional folders that would appear if I were to ‘+’ it on the system preference. 🙂

  3. Taylor, i’m sure you didn’t copied it well. Look again.

    Here it is please try it: /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.Framework/Versions/A/Resources/Default Collections/

  4. Jason Cheung says:

    Is there a secret folder or switch that activates the context menu for ‘adding’ new documents when in a specific folder? Missing the basic windows functionality that has been around since 2000 in Windows Me!

    1. Adding documents to a folder? Not sure why you’d need a menu for that…

  5. Marc Colilla Hurtado says:

    Where can I download this walpapers?

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