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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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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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 ...
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Change behavior of click on desktop

Sometimes when I click on the desktop, Finder opens. How can I disable this in OS X 10.9? For what it's worth, it was already happening in Mountain Lion.
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Desktop Icons and Windows moved to odd spots after sleeping

Symptom: Upon waking up, sometimes the Mac jams all of my icons into one corner, and throws some windows almost completely off the screen or makes them really small. This happens frequently often on ...
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How to move the desktop background?

The situation I face is that I have a wallpaper that fills the screen but shows the wrong part of the actual image. So I am wondering whether I could possibly move the image so it shows me the proper ...
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Two identical desktops on my Macbook Air

When I looked into the Finder of my Macbook Air 13" I saw that I have two identical desktops. As I drag the screen from one end to another I can actually access the two desktops. How do I get rid of ...
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How can I change my desktop background every time I log in?

I want to download all of the background images from here: http://www.surfermag.com/wallpapers/ And have a new one load up every time I log into my Mac. What's the easiest way of doing that?
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How To Remove iMessage Icon On Toolbar (MacBook Pro)

How would i remove this icon in my toolbar on my MacBook Pro? I have never really used it and would like to remove it from the toolbar. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
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Drag & Drop from email to desktop not landing at designated spot. Finder opening when dragging to desktop

When I drag an item (i.e. a jpeg) from my email to the desktop, the icon for said item appears all the way to the right of the screen as opposed to where it dropped it on the desktop. This only ...
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Can I have a custom desktop wallpaper 'Change Picture' interval?

In System Preferences → Desktop & Screen Saver, it's possible to set an interval for changing the desktop wallpaper picture: However, you are limited to a few specific times: Is it possible ...
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Mac Desktop app that allows comments to be added in time code of audio files

Many of you may be aware of SoundCloud's commenting feature. I'm wondering if anyone knows of a Macintosh desktop application that allows for audio files to be annotated in this way.
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How can I completely disable desktop background change?

I need to block the possibility for a single user to change the desktop background, or at least to make it possible only by inserting his password on OS X Lion / Mountain Lion. I want to lock every ...
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OSX Mountain Lion - Remove shadows from Uncover Gesture

I have a quick question. When utilizing the uncover window gesture (IE. move 3 fingers apart) to reveal the desktop there is a shadow which boarders the screen. I would like to know is there a way I ...
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How do I create a blank desktop (on OS 10.7.5)

I realize that this isn't a new feature but I've never needed to use different workspaces on my computer until now and I'm having a bit of trouble. I'm able to add a new desktop by entering Mission ...
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Move desktop item to system tray (dock)?

Windows user switching over to Mac here. I have downloaded an application, the link to which is currently on my desktop. It is actually a *.app file, which I'm assuming is a shortcut to the file? I ...
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Desktop wallpaper changes only apparently

I've followed all the solutions proposed to make the desktop wallpaper change, as it apparently it doesn't, but the only solution I can achieve is getting the default wallpaper after rebooting. ...
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Keep dock, top menu, and the X-+ buttons always on in full screen mode

Is there a way to keep the bottom dock, top menu (that currently has an Apple logo, Safari, File, etc.) as well as the three control buttons (exit, mini-, and maximize) on at all times when in full ...
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Dropping items “in place” on Mountain Lion desktop

I run a multi-monitor setup at home with OS X ML as my main driver. Sometimes for a task I need to be able to drag-and-drop items from a folder to a particular spot on the desktop. The problem here ...
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Unhide desktop icons

I recently had tried to make some hidden desktop icons on my desktop following the instructions found here. I am on Mac OS X Mountain Lion. I ended up somehow making every file a hidden file. The ...
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Hide the dock in Mission Control and Launchpad?

I am really fed up with the Mac OS Dock showing in Mission Control and especially Launchpad. Is there any way at all (even if I have to program it myself) to hide it in Mission Control and Launchpad ...
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Changing the background image in all spaces

I'm running Max OSX Mountain Lion, 10.8.4. I have tried several solutions to change the background image in every space/desktop, but can only get one. I have tried this shell script, have tried using ...
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Removing .ds_store from desktop while still having view hidden files on?

I have a .DS_Store on my desktop. Ruins the flow. I want to remove it and have it hidden, but I have hidden files enabled on my mac as I need it. This file however, is annoying.
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When drag/drop elements to desktop, they land far more to the right

When i drag and drop objects to my desktop, they land on the desktop far more to the right (with an estimated offset of about 800 px or more). This happens even across multiple monitors. Video: drag ...
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10px~ gap between application and dock

When I set my apps to fullscreen with the taskbar still there, it doesn't truly fullscreen the application, it always has that small little border to the left. I'm using moom as a window resizer, but ...