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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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 ...
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Make application “active” while on another desktop

Is there a way I can change the current menubar to an active application while on another desktop ? Example : Safari running on desktop 1 While on desktop 2, activate safari so that the menubar ...
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A way to open a new Finder window when double-clicking anywhere on the Desktop?

Is there an existing utility app or pref pane to accomplish this?
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Can I extend Alfred with a command-line program to clean up the desktop?

I'd like to have something that I can run from Alfred or the command-line that can run "clean up desktop". What is a command-line program or apple script that will cleanup the desktop? Preferably ...
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How to change desktop wallpaper for all virtual desktops?

I have six virtual desktops and want to change a desktop wallpaper for all of them at once. There is no such option when using System Preferences, so I have to change a wallpaper only for one desktop ...
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How do I rename desktops in Mountain Lion?

It seems that Apple doesn't provide a way to rename desktops from the default "Desktop 1", etc. Renaming desktops would be great for my workflow. Does anyone know how to do this manually or with a ...
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Can I keep the MacBook Pro Retina's power-cord plugged in at all time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I disconnect my MacBook Pro’s power cord when the battery is fully charged? I'm wondering if it's reasonable to use a MacBook Pro Retina as a desktop replacement ...
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Using AppleScript to open an application without the app stealing focus

I use iA Writer enough that I would like it to open in fullscreen on login, but unfortunately the developers have disdain for preferences. I decided to write an AppleScript that I could add to the ...
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Stop Desktops from Reordering [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do full-screen applications change their order in Mission Control? Say I'm on desktop 1 and a click an app in the dock for a window on desktop 3. It will reorder my ...
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Why does my Mac's list of “Open with” applications start listing the apps twice and sometimes three times?

When I right-click on a file on my Mac OS desktop and then in the contextual menu, I move to the "Open with...", the list of potential applications to "open with" has applications listed multiple ...
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Is there an alternative to the five-finger swipe out gesture, allowing me to copy things to/from the desktop?

On my MacBook, I frequently end up with lots of overlapping windows on the screen, obscuring the desktop. I recently discovered the five finger 'swipe outwards' gesture that displays the desktop. ...
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Wallpaper settings keep resetting?

I added a folder with some wallpapers to the Desktop settings and also applied Change Picture every 30 mins. However, the folder randomly disappears and the wallpaper switches back to the Galaxy one ...
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Why does a .DS_Store file keep appearing on the desktop?

Every time I delete it from the desktop, I get the same file ".DS_store" created after some time. Is there a reason why this happens ? And can I permanently stop it from being created ?
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Wireless stops working near other machine

I have a mid 2009(?) Macbook Pro running Mountain Lion. I'm not sure how relevant this is as I had this same issue on Snow Leopard. My issue is strange and I haven't been able to figure out what ...
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How do I use two different desktops on two different monitors with Lion?

So I want to use two different desktops on my two different monitors in Mac OS X Lion. The only options I can find are extended desktop and mirror desktop. Is there any way to use two desktops ...
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Files on desktop un-deleteable, say “No Items selected” when previewed

I have some image files that mysteriously showed up on the desktop. When I go to move them, they show a copy (+) icon and they are unable to be deleted. When I select either one and press space bar to ...
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How to make Adobe applications respect desktop/spaces?

I have my applications arranged on three different desktops (formerly known as Spaces) to avoid cluttering. The only problem is that Adobe apps such as Photoshop or Illustrator always spawn windows ...
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Problem changing desktop background in Mountain Lion (10.8.1)

I have performed an upgrade to the latest Snow Leopard and now to Mountain Lion (10.8.1). Post upgrade my desktop background isn't no longer changing. The background will not change when I try and ...
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Why can't I change my desktop background?

I had a nice background, a photo from the internet. It had been there for quite awhile. Then I tried to set it to a different one, another picture from the internet, by right-clicking and doing "Set ...
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Changing desktop background in OS X 10.8 only changes it for the current desktop space

I'm experiencing a bug in Mountain Lion. I have 2 desktop spaces open. When I change the desktop background picture, it only changes for one of the spaces and not the other. Rebooting solved the ...
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Speeding up switching between multiple desktops (speed up or remove transition) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I disable animation when switching desktops in Lion? I am a PC user who switches between many applications and now I use many full screen apps on the Mac (aka ...
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Move application to another desktop directly

When I open my application on desktop 1. I can't open it in desktop 2, it will jump back to desktop 1. Can I directly move the application to desktop 2 without exiting the application?
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Drop shadow lingering on screen from CS6 splash screen

When I opened photoshop cs6 just now, the fancy new splash screen popped up and went away as normal, only the drop shadow around the outline of the splash screen has stayed on my desktop... At first ...
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How can I make files I drag to the desktop stay where I put them?

In Mountain Lion, when I drag a file to the desktop, it's automatically moved to a neat grid in the upper left of the desktop. But I want it to stay in the spot to which I dragged it (usually ...
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Desktop image is not showing in Mountain Lion with dual monitor

I have a MBA connecting via HDMI to Samsung Monitor. Problem is desktop background for Samsung monitor is not showing. There is only grey desktop and doesn't have any changes even I try to change the ...
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Add Home Folder Hard Drive to Favorites and Desktop

I just reinstalled my Mac, thinking I'd give OS X Mountain Lion a try. In my system, I have both a regular HDD with a partition Storage and a SSD. On the SSD, I've installed OS X, and now transfered ...
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Shortcut Keys for Moving Desktops in Mission Control in Mountain Lion 10.8.x?

Are there shortcut keys for moving a Desktop in the array of Desktops in Mission Control? I can now do this manually using the mouse by dragging and dropping, but I would like to do this with ...
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When saving files to Desktop on Mac OS X (Lion), why are they placed in an erratic order?

This is really bugging me on Mac OS X (Lion): When I save files to the Desktop (for example downloads from Web browsers, etc. -- which in my workflow happens a lot), they are placed in a seemingly ...
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Different desktop with different dock?

I'm using 10.7.4, and I use multiple desktops (in Spaces). When I switch between desktops, the dock does not change. I open an application in Desktop 1 and its icon remains in the dock after I ...
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How can I show the desktop from full screen apps?

Is there a way to show the desktop from full screen apps? I'm used to do it with F11 but it doesn't work if you are running full screen apps. The same is true for hot corners. I need this ...
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Hooking into Active Screen (Hot) Corners

Anyone know if / how it is possible to launch a custom application via the Active Screen Corners (aka Hot Corners) ?
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How can I save a vertical (not horizontal) multiple display arrangement?

I have two displays. Mac OS X frequently "forgets" the digital arrangement of the monitors and defaults them to a horizontal side-by-side arrangement. This does not correspond to the physical ...
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Run html+css+js application as a Mac OS X app

I'm completely new to development for Mac OS X but I want to have a Mac desktop app for my own small project. What I have in my mind is to have web application (will use the same app running on the ...
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How can I have Qt Creator to recognize my environment variables?

I use Qt Creator as my main IDE for cross-platform C++ application development. In doing so I had set it up so that it depends on a set of environment variables that I define in .bashrc. On Linux ...
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Does it hurt a large desktop Mac to be transported repeatedly?

I travel to two different homes and spend six months at each one, taking my desktop 27" Mac with me. I travel by car, and always pack it in the original shipping crate so it's well protected. Will all ...