Google's wallpaper feature is now available internationally and Google tries to convince people to change the background using a trick. Marissa Mayer explains, "To provide you with an extra bit of inspiration, we've collaborated with several well-known artists, sculptors and photographers to create a gallery of background images you can use to personalize your Google homepage. Included in the collection are photographs of the works of Dale Chihuly, Jeff Koons, Tom Otterness, Polly Apfelbaum, Kengo Kuma, Kwon, Ki-soo and Tord Boontje, as well as some incredible photos from Yann Arthus-Bertrand and National Geographic. We'll be featuring these images as backgrounds on Google homepage over next 24 hours."
Here's how to set one of the pictures as a desktop wallpaper:
- You should should first pick a background image. Click on "Change background image" and select an image you like.
- If you use Internet Explorer, right-click on Google's homepage and select "set as background". In other browsers it's more difficult to save image or to set it as wallpaper. For Firefox, right-click image, select "View page info", go to "Media" tab and find JPEG image in list.
- Now you can click on "Remove background image" at the bottom of Google's homepage to hide image. Today you may still see the default images select by Google, but that's just a full-page doodle that promotes the new feature.
In Google Chrome: you need to right-click image, select "Inspect element", find last img tag from page, right-click URL, select "Edit attribute" and copy the address using Ctrl+C. Now you can open image in a new page, save it and set it as a wallpaper.
In Safari you need to enable developer menu in settings, go to "Develop" menu, select "Show Web inspector" and copy address of the last image from the page.