The visual representation of a computer's contents when no open programs or windows are visisble. Often home to program shortcuts, datafiles, and lists of mounted drives etc.

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Customise OS X's desktop? [closed]

can OS X be customised like the desktop's of linux-variants?.. or is it a strict no? If yes, could you guide me through the process. Like I have a few widgets that I wish to display on the desktop ...
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excel files look different on OSX Desktop w/Parallels

I have two Excel files on my OSX Desktop. One is an alias and it has the double red lines/logo of Parallels, the other does not. See attached screen shot. Can anyone tell me why this occurs? I don't ...
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Thumbnails for Image Files on Desktop won't load

I have a dozen or so image files on my iMac's desktop. Most of the time, after booting up my computer, it displays a thumbnail of each image (as it should). But sometimes, the thumbnails won't show ...
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Applescript to change desktop image on all monitors?

I have the following code to change the desktop image of my Macbook tell application "System Events" tell current desktop set picture to "/Library/Desktop Pictures/Beach.jpg" end tell end tell How ...
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Make images used as desktop backgrounds shrink but now grow

I've got my Mac set up to cycle through a folder of images as desktop backgrounds. The images vary in size. Some don't fit on my monitor, others are not so big. In the "Desktop & Screensaver" ...
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How to modify app expose to show only open windows of current application on current desktop?

I have OS X 10.8.5. I typically have several windows of some applications open on more than one desktop. When using App Expose, it shows all of the open windows of the current application on all ...
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Folders on top, on desktop

Is it possible to get 'folders on top' on the desktop (too) by any plist file hack or third-party app? My desktop is a bit cluttered and I've already sorted them on kind, but all .AI, .PSD, .INDD, ...
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Disable spaces when connected to external monitor, or treat second display as second space?

Is there a way to disable spaces when connected to an external monitor? I frequently travel between one location (home) where I connect to an external monitor and another where I don't. When I'm ...
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screen sharing from Windows to Mac over LAN

What software do I need to install / use on a Windows box to be able to remote desktop into OSX locally on LAN? Versions don't matter really, but to be specific: OSX 10.7.5, with "VNC viewers may ...
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Make windows go completely off screen in “show desktop” hot corner

Is there anyway to have it so when I go to the hot corner I have set to show desktop, the windows go so far off screen that neither them nor their shadow can be seen?
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Hide .DS_Store and .localized from Desktop only without 3rd party app

There is an app called XtraFinder which does exactly that - it shows hidden files while it can still hide those two files from Desktop only. Is it possible to do something like that without ...
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Can you save the current desktop background as an image? [duplicate]

I've deleted a photo by mistake. I have the photos as my desktop background. Is there any way that I can take it and save it?
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Tearing away a finder tab onto the Desktop leaves a permanent, mini phantom window

While tearing away a Finder tab, a mini-window image icon gets created briefly under the mouse. However, on my mac, when I tear away a tab from a Finder window onto the Desktop only, this mini-window ...
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What is the icon on the desktop after I install an application?

I am very very new to Mac. Here is my question: I have downloaded VLC player and then I clicked on the dmg file. I moved the VLC icon to Applications folder in the opening window. Now when I start ...
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MS Remote Desktop Issuessss

While using Wi-Fi at work I'm able to use the remote desktop just fine to access the computers at work. When on any other network I'm unable to connect remotely. By the way the computer that I am ...
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Why does my desktop picture not change correctly?

If I go into the Desktop & Screensaver preference pane to change my desktop background. The result is that my normal desktop has the old picture I wanted to change: If, however, I go into ...
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Assign an agent app to all desktops

I am running an app (Simple Floating Clock) that runs as an agent (LSUIElement assigned to 1 in the app's Info.plist). I would like to assign the app to "All Desktops" that I run. Normally, if an ...
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Quick Look keeps popping up

I use the spacebar to preview some files with Quick Look and when I'm done with it I close the preview window. Sometimes when I change desktops the preview window will pop up again (empty) and when I ...
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How to set a new desktop image when creating a new desktop in Mission Control?

When you make a new virtual desktop from Mission Control the background image is by default the same as your first desktop. Is it possible to have each new virtual desktop use a different (or at least ...
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Icons stuck on Desktop

For some reason I drag any of the icons on my Desktop. They are stuck. This is happening not only on my desktop, but also in all my other folders. I've checked "Show View Options" and set the order to ...
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Refresh OSX to get rid of stuck info tag

Every now and then I get an info tag stuck on my screen on top of all my applications. The only think I know that will remove it is restarting my computer. Is there an easier way to refresh OSX that ...
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Dual screens: one monitor switches to desktop, window appears on other monitor

My computer is behaving oddly and I would like to know if someone else has this issue too (if so, it's a bug) or that I am the only one (in which case there is probably a quick solution). Let's say I ...
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New desktops get randomly created

I use two monitors on this Macbook Pro running Mavericks. I never use more than one "desktop", however once every few days, I see a random number of new desktops created - usually between 2-3 but ...
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Move fullscreen application in front of “Desktop 1”

At one point I had a fullscreen finder window in front of every desktop (or space). Now it seems that nothing can come before "Desktop 1" anyone know how I might be able to move desktop 1 or move ...
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Internal Hard Drive Not Visible

I have an early 2009 MacBook running OSX 10.9. Last week, my hard drive crashed. I bought another and installed OS 10.9. Everything works. I do not, however, see the drive's icon on my desktop. ...
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Are number of desktops affecting memory?

I use 8 desktops on my MBP for my different apps. Do you know if it can affect memory use?
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Swapping desktops (unintentionally) on Mavericks [duplicate]

I am using OSX Mavericks 10.9.2 and I have 4 desktops that I use in my daily workflow. From time to time Desktop 2 and Desktop 3 switch places and I cannot figure why. Probably when moving from ...
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How to get a list of application windows only from the current desktop with applescript?

Need to do something like the next tell application "Safari" activate set AllWindows to every window set WinCount to number of items in AllWindows repeat with i from 1 to WinCount ...
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Finder folder icon showing items count when empty

In OSX 10.9.1, I have a folder on the desktop which is empty in the Finder view, but the icon info says '8 items' – see screen grab: I have checked for invisible files via search>show invisible and ...
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How can I turn my top menu bar and all the window bars dark?

Is there a way to invert the colors on the menu bar at the top of the screen, as well as the title bars of all the windows is OS X? I have a lot of Terminals open usually, and the the light menu bar ...
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Is there a way to share only ONE desktop in Mavericks?

I've recently started to work with multi-desktops and multi-screens environment. What I'm trying to do is: Working on my Mavericks (MBA) as the main computer with Desktop #1 in front. Use an ...
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Cmd+Tab breaks “Assign To This Desktop”

Running Mavericks (recently upgraded from Snow Leopard) I have three apps open on three of my 5 desktops -- Safari on desktop 1, TextEdit on 2, and Calendar on 3. I right-click on each icon in the ...
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OSX 10.9.1 - App windows restoring to wrong desktop

I have three desktops (plus dashboard) set up with Mission Control, with certain apps assigned to each desktop. If I minimise a window with Cmd+M in one desktop, then whilst focussed on another ...
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Mavericks Download Icon Error

I just upgraded to OSX Mavericks and now when I try to download something the icon that shows a loading bar while it's downloading doesn't change back to normal after it's done: I'm using the most ...
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Desktop icons are disappearing & not behaving

I've just been attempting to shift some stuff across to an external hardrive to make space on the laptop HD and all was going well until I tried copying a large amount of photos into a folder on the ...
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Assign to Desktop x option missing

I've noticed that my Mac no longer opens applications I've specified on my second screen. When trying to set the option again via right clicking on the icon and going to Options, the "Assign to ...
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Safari saves random files to Desktop in Mountain Lion

Sometimes, when I leave Safari (6.0.5) and look at my desktop, I find random files on it. These are always in the form of a *.textClipping file, or in the case of images, the original filename and ...
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Force an App to Open Full Screen in a Specific Desktop Space

I'm running Mavericks OS X 10.9 As the title suggests I would like to force an app to open in full screen in a specific desktop space. I can get an app to always open full screen, then position the ...
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Why does adding a Desktop suddenly gives me a new wallpaper?

I'm on the Mountain Lion 10.8.5 and suddenly find that when I add a Desktop in Mission Control (by option clicking the upper right corner) the new Desktop gets the basic OSX milkyway wallpaper ...
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How to keep multiple desktops static?

I am using multiple desktops on my Mac. Depending on how I use them, the desktops seem to switch around. For instance the place where 'Terminal' is (second from the left) moves one to the right. ...
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Switching the desktop enviroment

Would it be possible to change the default environment to something like Cinnamon? Or to a window manager like openbox or awesomewm?
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osascript to set secondary desktop background?

I have been using this: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC -//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd> <plist ...
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What is the explorer.exe equivalent in OS X?

I just started using Mac and would really like to get in depth detail about OS X. I tried disabling the desktop functionality — disabling the dock and other features as right click context menu on ...
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mis-positioning of favicon dragged-and-dropped on desktop 10.8.5

Doing web research, I frequently collect .weblocs on my desktop, clicking on the favicon in a browser URL box, dragging it to the spot I want, and dropping it there. Until recently, the resulting ...
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Safari html5 fullscreen to display in the same Desktop

I'm using Safari in normal window non-fullscreen way. Everytime I want to play HTML5 video in fullscren mode, it jumps to new "desktop" as a fullscreen app. Is it possible to disable this and display ...
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Desktop refreshing icons every 15 seconds or so

I've been on Mavericks since it was open to the general public. But yesterday it started frequently refreshing he desktop icons, over and over again, possibly every 10-15 seconds. It's very strange. ...
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Mac OS X Mavericks keeps jumping to the first desktop [duplicate]

My screen (desktop/spaces) keeps jumping to the first "desktop". There are no running apps on that desktop (except finder). After the first few times this happened I pressed ⌘ Cmd-⌥ Opt-⎋ Esc and ...
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Pinning desktops to monitors in 10.9

Is there a way to pin desktops to monitors like you can pin app windows to desktops? Specifically my problem is I use a macbook and plug and unplug my external monitor a few times a day. Rearranging ...
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Forse app never open on a specific desktop

Here is written how to force app open on a specific desktop: http://www.wikihow.com/Force-an-App-to-Open-in-a-Specific-Desktop-Space-in-Mac-Os-X-Lion Is it posible to make the opposite? Forbid an ...
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How to change the desktop folder path?

Is there any way to change the path of the desktop folder? Or the behavior if i move an item to the desktop? If i Drag&Drop a file to the desktop, it appears in the desktop folder in the ...