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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Does a black screen save battery on a macbook?

I've seen some similar questions about iPhone on this site, but none of them focus on macbook, so here comes this one. The picture below is a screenshot of my current desktop, with menu bar and dock ...
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How do I set an animated desktop background without OnyX?

In OnyX, there is a setting in Parameters > General > Animated desktop background: where animated wallpapers can be set. While this doesn't seem to work very seamlessly (moving between spaces displays ...
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Mysterious box floats on second display and won't go away

I don't know where this comes from. I can't click it, it is only present on the second display; when I mirror displays it goes away. Does anyone have an idea what this could be? I realise a reboot/...
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Removing iCloud from my PC

I keep getting a message on my PC that my iCloud is almost full. I moved the photos on my phone to my computer by cable and store it in my photos. Can I remove iCloud from my PC, and still keep it on ...
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Mirror desktop items on two monitors

I don't want to mirror my monitors but I would like the files in ~/Desktop to display on both. Right now they only display on my primary monitor. Is it possible?
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Show desktop shortcut in El Capitan?

I can't find a shortcut that's working on my MacBook Air. In Windows you can either click the rightmost part of the task bar to show the desktop or hit Windows+D to show the desktop. How do I do this ...
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files not appear on Desktop and Drag & Drop is not working on Desktop

I am using 10.11.4 OS X. I don’t know when exactly these are not working - files don't appear on desktop. Drag & Drop and popping up context menu with right click are not working on Desktop. - I’...
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Is there a terminal command to open applications in a specific Desktop?

For example when I run open -a Kodi I'd like to be able to specify which Desktop I'd want the application to launch in. Trying to avoid dragging/dropping to the desired workspace.
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Where did my desktop preview icons go?

When I started up my MacBook today my preview icons where gone as can be seen by attached screenshot. Any clue why they disappeared? And how to get them back? Thanks!
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Second screen mirror one desktop

While I am using multiple desktops on my Mac, I would like to mirror one of these desktops on a second monitor. This monitor would keep mirroring this desktop while I could switch between all of my ...
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Mission Control to pin different Firefox applications to different desktops

Using Mission Control I create 2 Desktops. If I create 2 different Firefox launcher files (Firefox1.app and Firefox2.app), I want to pin one Firefox1.app to Desktop-1 and Firefox2.app to Desktop-2. So ...
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How do desktop keyboard shortcuts for clean up actually work?

I’ve noticed that keyboard shortcuts for cleaning up i.e. by name on desktop ⌘+⌥+1 sometimes work and sometimes not. They do work in finder, but doing it directly on desktop in focus they often don’t (...
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Can we run OS X apps inside X11 (XQuartz)?

I'm wondering if that is possible, so that I can use some X11 window manager for everything.
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Desktop Folder Windows not displaying properly!

Everytime I open a new window on the desktop the window does not display properly. I essentially cannot navigate my files using the finder. When i open a new finder window it either displays nothing ...
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Applescript code to find path to Desktop picture in Desktop 2

I need an applescript that will find the path to the desktop picture used in Desktop 2. As this isn't the current desktop the code below doesn't work. tell application "Finder" set DesktopPath to ...
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OS X keeps switching Spaces

I am running Mac OS X 10.11.3 with 4 Spaces on an iMac 27 inch. Switching Spaces works fine but it seems to unintentionally switch from Desktop 2 to Desktop 1. For example (reproducible, also with ...
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How do I script the forced logging out another desktop user from OS X?

We're running tests that require multiple desktops on a Mac Mini. We're successfully using an ssh TCP tunnel to localhost, 5900 to 6900, to make Screen Sharing let us log into other users on this ...
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OS X - TodoApp with shortcut that can popup on any space/desktop?

I'm fairly new to the Mac world. I really love the multiple desktop feature. Unfortunately, every todo application I've tried takes me to the regular desktop when I want to use them, or on their own ...
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Why can't I place desktop icons everywhere when snapped to grid?

The area marked in the image cannot be used for desktop icons.
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Delete photos from Desktop

I exported a large number of photos by mistake from the photos application to my desktop. How do I delete these photos?
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application trouble

I recently downloaded frost wire to my macbook air laptop. The application shows up on the desktop but I don't want it there. My question is how so I put the application in launchpad?
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count of desktops only returns 1

Any idea why the following script would only return 1, when I clearly have more than one Desktop open? tell application "System Events" set n to count of desktops display alert n end tell I ...
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Desktop icons rearrange after restart

The icons on my desktop (El Capitan) keep rearranging after every restart. In the same order as well, when I try to rearrange my icons it will let me do so but after a restart the icons revert to the ...
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How to prevent someone accessing my iMac

My desktop is in the living room where anyone visiting can access it. I'd like to make it secure from those in my home since I have a roommate.
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Show “open application indicator” only for applications active in current desktop

Short version: As I have written in the title, I want to see the "open application indicator" only below the applications that are open in the active desktop. Is this possible? Long version: I had ...
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Run command line tools as separate app

Is there a way to run command line tools as a separate app, so I can easily switch between them with apple+tab etc? I want this for things like a mail and irc client where I don't want to hunt down ...
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With 16-GB of memory, what is a reasonable limit to the number of open desktops?

I don't know what resources are used by adding desktops, but I am certain it is a bigger deal than adding new browser tabs. I've used 8 desktops (across 2 monitors) for awhile. Adding a few more might ...
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OS X wont show desktop

I have upgraded to El Capitan, but I was having this problem for a while, where the desktop background doesn’t display. The folders have white letters, and the background is white, and this makes ...
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What, if any, options are there for full web (rather than mobile-based) semantics for an iPad Pro be based?

I am the not-entirely-proud owner of a new iPad Pro. The screen size is comparable to a perhaps slightly low-end midsize laptop, and larger than netbook range (which run standard OSes and standard ...
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Folders With Custom Icons Problem

On my desktop I have some folders, they all have custom icons. I'm now trying to add alias' to my desktop with custom icons, how can this be done? I've tried Custom icons on a alias folder ...
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How to ensure that windows opened from the Dock open in the current Space/Desktop

A Mail window was in the Dock, and I clicked on it to restore it to my current Desktop. Instead of opening where I can see it, it went to some other Desktop, presumably the one it was in when it was ...
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Can't Set Desktop Background in Fullscreen App

I have an 11" Air so I usually run all of my open applications in fullscreen mode. I have a launchd job for my user that runs a script every hour and every login to set the desktop background ...
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Strange bar in bottom of my desktop (El Capitan, MBP end 2015)

Something similar has been reported before, but that was resolved after quitting all applications and restarting the computer. My bar stays after restarting, also it might look like a scrollbar, but ...
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Change desktop of another display

So CTRL+left/right switches the desktop for the display where my mouse pointer is, is there a way to do that for another display without having to move the pointer over?
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Fullscreen app unusable due to focus loss

i am quite new to the OSX system and having some issues with ElCaptain. Basically a fullscreen application (Android Studio in my case) loses the focus and i have to kill it via the task manager in ...
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Activate desktop using Applescript

Basically, I have this short script to "clean up" the desktop. This is the code: tell application "System Events" tell application "Finder" to activate desktop delay 0.1 tell process "...
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Server/machine name on desktop background

I've seen that single-color desktop background with the familiar serif font showing the computer's name since the 1990s. I very much doubt that all of the server admins I've come across in that time ...
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Where are background image saved? [duplicate]

In Safari I right-clicked on an image and selected the voice "Use Image as Desktop Picture". And it became the Desktop Picture. Where is the image saved? Is there a log of old images I saved as ...
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Time Machine Icon on Desktop showing the yellow icon

My Time Machine in Finder shows the correct icon, however, on my Desktop, it shows the Yellow icon that is used for normal external hard drives. It only changes on the desktop to the time machine icon ...
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Screen wave in Desktop while powering up, then in Chrome & iTunes (started with Finder not responding?) and flickering in Contacts

I am on OS X El Capitan v 10.11.1, MacBook (13-in, Mid 2010) I am not a power user so if I should ask this in another community would someone please let me know? Current issue: kind of like "the ...
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OS X El Capitan - How do I specify individual sets of Hot Corners for different Virtual Desktops?

I would like to have one virtual desktop where I have the "show desktop" hot corner, and second one where this is disabled, so that I do not always have to change the settings. Can I customise ...
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Newly created desktop icon won't appear until deleting different desktop icon

This has recently started happening on my mac (OSX 10.9.5). If I take a screenshot with cmd+shift+4, the "screen shot" icon doesn't appear on my desktop. Similarly, if I create a text-file from the ...
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Is it possible to defer messages in OS X mail.app till later?

I want to hide messages until I can act on them. Outlook for iOS has an option of removing messages from inbox and moving them back at a specified time. Basically if a new message comes in, I need to ...
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How to create desktop shortcut for Chrome profile and run two or more profiles simultaneously?

I am new to Mac, and I have my rough time (missing keys, wrong shortcuts and etc). But I don't give up. I am a JS developer with more than 10 years of Windows and Linux (Debian, Ubuntu) experience and ...
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White screen shows up during regular use after El Capitan upgrade

MacBook Pro retina (2013). Yosemite was doing fine; but after I upgraded it to El Capitan, I get white screen showing up every few minutes during regular coding and browsing. I searched online but ...
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Disabling desktop switching animation on El Capitan

On Yosemite I used totalspaces to modify this behaviour as well as having a grid layout... I understand that totalspaces no longer works without doing some system modifications. The animation I wish ...
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Make windows stay in desktop area

When I move any Finder or application window on the screen, they won't pass the upper desktop border. When I move them to the left, to the right, or to the desktop bottom, they are pushed outside of ...
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How to get rid of the “ears” in the bottom of the screen?

I have a mild form of OCD so by ears I mean this: I know that I can hide the dock, but then I do not see the opened programs. What solutions are available to extend the opaque dock background to ...
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Saved files not showing immediately on Desktop

Often, I like to save files (screenshots, text files, etc) temporarily to the Desktop. This was no problem with previous versions of OS X, but since updating to Yosemite, I have to relaunch the ...
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Hard drive always visible on desktop

I have one HD named Macintosh HD. I can’t tell when it happened, but since a few days my HD shows up on my desktop. I tried to disable it in the Finder settings, but it already is. If I enable it I ...