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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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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Positioning desktop icons on the left instead of right

Any way to automatically make alias or icons to show up on the left side of apple desktop. By default they go to the right.
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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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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 ...
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macbook pro 15 inch retina, keyboard shortcut for desktop display

I have the latest MacBook Pro 15 inch with Retina display, OS 10.8.4. Not wanting to use the standard Fn keys but use them as Apple has assigned them. Is there a keyboard shortcut to display the ...
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Compiz-like effects on OS X

I recently moved from Linux to OS X. So far nothing has disappointed me but I miss the compiz desktop effects I used to have on my Debian (on Ubuntu before I moved to Debian) with xfce and compiz ...
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Can't change wallpaper for Secondary Desktop Ive already tried system preferences

I cant change the secondary desktop wallpaper. ive already gone to system preferences and have chosen a wallpaper for second desktop but it remains all white???
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Make desktop items only appear in a certain region

How do I make my desktop items on my mac desktop, instead of spreading all over the desktop, just spread in a certain region of the desktop?
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Do larger desktop photos use more resources?

Does using a larger sized photo for one's desktop hinder performance? My new desktop photo is 3MBs, does it use more resources than say a 1MB sized photo?
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Is there any way I can hide all files and folders from the OS X Desktop, but leave the Hard Drive(s), CD's, External Drives, Network Drives there?

I was hoping there was a way I would be able to make all folders and files hidden on the OS X Desktop, but leave the Hard drive(s), network drives, CD's/DVD's, etc. But if I was to go into the Desktop ...
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what is the hotkey to move to a particular desktop out of all the desktops

I know i can use 3 swipe left and right to move to the previous or next desktop, but I think it would be more helpful to have a hotkey to do it and not just moving previously or next, but rather to a ...
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how to move windows between desktop screens

I like to use three fingers swipe right and left to move between different screens. But how should i move currently opened windows to particular desktops of my liking?
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How to have certain *windows* start in different spaces during start up?

Is there a way to have certain windows of an app open in specific spaces? Whenever I start up my computer, all my log in items get mashed into one space. I'm using OSX 10.7.5 Lion Edit: I would ...
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OSX changing backgrounds- iphoto folder doesn't update

I have the background image on my OSX desktop set to change every x minutes- it chooses a random image within a specific iPhoto album. However, when I remove photos from that iPhoto album, the ...
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Is there a way to create new desktop spaces from keyboard only?

We all know there is a way to to switch between desktops using keyboard shortcuts, but can we create new ones using only the keyboard?
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How can I automaticly move every file on desktop to specific folder based on extension?

I'm looking for something, probably some kind of action script, that will at any time move everything that's on my desktop directly to a specific folder on my desktop, based on the extension. Just to ...
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How can I disable active desktop switching itself/

I use my MacBook Pro with many desktops. Some appication events switches the active desktop to another one, for example Safari does it when I open Gmail. I write my Gmail username and password then ...
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Why rebooted Macbook Pro with Mountain Lion prevents adding or moving files at Desktop?

Whenever I reboot my Macbook Pro since installing OSX 10.8 the desktop is locked, prohibiting files from being dropped on or moved from the desktop. I can right-click, select “Get Info” and uncheck ...
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Show desktop keyboard shortcut doesn't work

I have F5 key bound to the show desktop shortcut in keyboard shortcuts. However when I press F5 on the keyboard (with fn on the built in keyboard, or with/without fn on the Apple wireless keyboard), ...
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How to run a bash script from the desktop?

I have a .sh file with a #!/bin/bash header. I'm able to run it from the terminal, using chmod and ./ but is there a way to perform these two operations from the desktop (i.e. by clicking on it) ? ...
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Keyboard shortcut to move Window to next Desktop?

I would like a keyboard shortcut to do either of these actions : Move a 'focused' window to another desktop Create a new desktop and move the window to it, then change the view to that desktop ...
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Hide files/icons on the desktop but not in finder

Not sure if something like this exists in OSX. I would like to display a cheatsheet on my desktop as a wallpaper and to make it visible at all times I would like to hide all the icons/files/folders ...
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Hide windows in current desktop (Lion)

I'd like to make a keyboard shortcut that hides all windows on the current desktop, while ignoring windows on other desktops. Is this possible using Applescript?
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Desktop background folder selections not persisting

Upgraded to Mountain Lion a few weeks ago, didn't have the problem. A few days ago I replaced the hard drive with a SSD and did a clean install of Mountain Lion then manually moved my background ...
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Is there an iPad whiteboard that can also be used on desktop machines?

I've seen many iPad whiteboard apps but all seem to be either iPad only (eg Whiteboard Mojo) or are read-only from the web (Jot) or require local connection via wifi (splashtop) or make you pay for ...
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Automatically change OS X desktop background for all desktops + monitors?

Summary. Automation changes desktop background for all (virtual) desktops, but no all monitors. How to do it for all monitors? Details. This blog entry discusses how to automatically change ...
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How do I know which process is causing my computer to hang?

My computer is a 15" Macbook Pro with Retina display, and I'm on OS X version 10.8.2. I have had this my computer for several months. In the past few days, the computer has been completely ...
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jittery fragmented desktop effects (ML)

Yesterday, suddenly, I encountered strange laggy/jittery behavior of dektop visual effects, when enabling full-screen to safari, changing desktops, showing the notifications bar etc... i show it here ...
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Will this RAM work for me? (Late 2009 iMac)

I have a 27-inch iMac late 2009 desktop computer and i'm looking to upgrade my ram. The best RAM I can find is a Kingston 2GB, DDR3-1066, PC3-8500, CL7, DIMM. What I currently have is 4GB 1067 MHz ...
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Mountain Lion desktop order

On Mountain Lion, I have three desktops. What I find is that the sequential left to right order of these desktops keeps changing. Is it doing something based on usage ? and how can I disable this ?
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How to hide desktop icons on a single desktop

I'm a big fan of multiple desktop spaces on OS X 10.7 (see image). I'm wondering if you can hide desktop icons on just one of the 4 spaces I have setup. Is that possible?
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Unexpected behaviour when using 'Center' option for the desktop wallpaper in Mountain Lion

In Mountain Lion (10.8.2) the 'Center' option does not scale and centre wallpapers correctly. The preview is correct, but the wallpaper is the same as 'Fit to Screen'. All other options work as ...