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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Alternatives to Geektool that make desktop content clickable?

Does anybody know of any alternatives to GeekTool that allow you to put content on your desktop sourced from shell scripts, files, etc but that makes the content interactive? A few use cases I would ...
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Play music from Desktop?

I remember there used to be a play button on my music files on my Desktop. I would click it, and it would play that song without opening anything up. Now I can't. I have to make do with opening ...
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Why won’t desktops stay in order?

I have created a number of desktops in which to keep Safari, Mail, iCal etc. These are all kept in full-screen mode and I have unchecked the setting to automatically rearrange spaces, yet whenever I ...
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OSX Lion Spaces & desktop files

When I switch between spaces, after the transition effect the files on the previous desktop fade back in, so that the same files are on every desktop. Is it possible to keep separate files on ...
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Mac OS “Go to desktop #” keyboard shortcourt

I am looking for a shortcut to change desktop in Mac OS X (10.7.3) I am used to awesome WM in which you can do + to go to desktop # I am looking for a keyboard shortcut in MacOS X to do this. I ...
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Mac OS X 10.6.8 - Can't remove SophosUpdate Packages/Folders on Desktop

Every day a new "SophosUpdate" folder/package will appear on my desktop (see screenshot). When I highlight it my trash can turns into an eject button. When I drag them to the eject button nothing ...
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Creating a desktop shortcut to a file in the iCloud

I have a MacBook with OS X Lion, and an iPad. I use IAWriter for keeping track of notes. In addition to standard file-based storage, it supports live syncing using iCloud. I want to organize the ...
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How to move window to different desktop via keyboard in Lion?

In Snow Leopard, to move a window to a different space, I had to use the mouse to select the window and use the keyboard to select the target space (e.g., ctrl + 1,2,3). In Lion, what keyboard (maybe ...
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What is the data corruption risk of force shutting down a running Mac?

Eg when the power supply is cut or someone presses the power button for 5 seconds? How big of a risk am I taking to my data? Is it a 1% chance of corrupting data? I know most mac these days have a ...
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Is there a safe way to shut down a Mac that doesn't have a keyboard or mouse?

I'm trying to safely shutdown a Mac desktop that does not have a keyboard or mouse connected to it any more, after hardware damage to the only keyboard and mouse in the house. It also does not have ...
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Desktop Background is blank

I change my background in system preferences and it says my background is a picture, but my desktop is still a blank gray. How can I fix this?
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Icons on the desktop may slow down Mac?

When I ask a question about if I run too many process will slow down my Mac for Magican measured my Mac is high CPU usage. A Mac user tell me the icons on the desktop may still influence the ...
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How do I change desktop background with a terminal command?

I trying to add to my OS X configuration script a command which sets the background to the plain dark grey, however, when applied, it only sets it to the main monitor and any additional monitors ...
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Removing right-command as “show desktop”

I just got my Mac several months ago, and set my right-command as show desktop shortcut. Now, I want to remove it, but I totally forget how to remove this silly thing. I have checked several places as ...
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Why are some icons sideways on my desktop?

On the current version of OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), I have an icon sideways on my desktop: Any idea why or what it signifies?
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How can I setup different “environments”

I want to create different environments on my mac, for example work 1, work 2, and at home. The environments have different icons in the doc, different desktop background images etc. Is that possible? ...
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How do I disable the drop shadow from text on the Desktop?

Does anyone know how to get rid of the text drop shadow from files and folders on the Mac desktop? I would prefer a subtle shadow with an offset of 1 pixel. If you know of a hack to get rid of ...
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My Desktop seems to be “locked”. How can I fix this?

I am having some problems with my Desktop on a relatively new Lion install. I can't move folders around (when I try, the icon gets the slashed-O "no" symbol and they bounce back where they came ...
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prevent desktops/fullscreen windows from being re-ordered

When an application gains focus, it can change the order of desktops in mission control. In my mind, this creates some very confusion animations. Can we force desktops to stay in their order? Can ...
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How can I prevent a popup from opening in another desktop?

I'm using a Macbook Air with an external monitor (I finally converted from Windows, don't know what took me soo long ;-) ). When I have a Chrome browser window open in the external monitor and click ...
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Alternative to iTunes Album Art

I'm looking for an alternative to iTunes' Album Art. I liked it so far but since the upgrade to Lion / latest iTunes I see some annoying bugs. To be worth considering, the alternative I'm looking for ...
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Internal drive on MacBook won't appear on desktop

Why doesn't internal drive appear on desktop after a fresh install of Snow Leopard 10.6.8?
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How do I find the current Mission Control space number from the command line?

Is there any way to determine the number of the currently active Mission Control space/desktop in Mac OS X Lion from the command line?
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What is the location of background image set from Safari?

Safari allows you to set any image as desktop background right from the browser. Desktop & Screen Saver preference pane will then display it as Safari Desktop Picture. No filename, no ...
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Lion: Switching Spaces with Key Controls darn slow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Speed up Mission Control Preview Animation I loved to use Spaces in Snow Leopard. Now with Mission Control I love using the feature even more. However as many people on ...
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Can you hide hidden files in specific folders (like the desktop) while keeping them shown everywhere else?

I work with hidden files all the time, but I like an uncluttered desktop. It would be nice to make files like .DS_Store, and .localized invisible just on the Desktop. Please note I am already aware ...
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Remove desktop folder which is on the desktop and contains everything on the desktop

I don't how this happend, but I feel like my machine is experiencing a Being John Malkovich syndrome. There is a folder on my Desktop called Desktop which contains all the other folders on my ...
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How do I stay in the same desktop when I switch to a full screen app?

When I switch to a full screen mode app in OS X Lion, it automatically switches to Desktop 1. I prefer to automatically switch back to the Desktop that I was in before I switched to the full screen ...
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Desktop clean up function - Control, Command 1 – is not working after I installed Lion? Other keyboard shortcuts are working, as far as I can tell

What I thought was a universal keyboard shortcut (ctrl+⌘+1) to cleanup and arrange my desktop, no longer works after I installed Lion. I can go up to the view drop down menu and click on it and ...
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Where does OS X store your current desktop picture?

Where does OS X store your current desktop picture? I read somewhere else that it was in /Library/Caches/com.apple.Desktop. But I don't have that directory.
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Single desktop image for all desktops

I upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion. Afterward when I would set a Desktop picture (either through System Preferences or iPhoto) it was applied to all desktops. Yesterday I control clicked the ...
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Is it possible to use an iMac's screen as a second monitor?

Is it possible to use an iMac (early 2008 model) as a second monitor (note: not with a second monitor)? I have a Windows 7 laptop (for work) and when working at home it would be nice if I could ...
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OSX Lion showing a white screen plus pointer prior to the desktop appearing

During boot-up, immediately after the Apple logo with the spinning progress wheel ends, rather than the desktop appear, I get a white screen with pointer in the top left for about 5 seconds. Then the ...
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Show Space/Desktop Number in Mac OS X Lion in Desktop Top Bar

In Snow Leopard, it was possible to display the space number in the top right corner of the status bar. How do you do that in Lion with Mission Control?
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Set “Always on Top” for a window

How do I set a window to be "Always on Top" like in Linux (ie, even if you switch to another application the current window will not go to the background, but it will stay "on top")? I can't seem to ...
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Strange OS X desktop animation

I've noticed a strange animation on the desktop of my January 2007 Macbook Pro. The animation appears sporadically in the lower left-hand corner. The best way I can describe the animation is "a hard ...
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My desktop background won't change automatically. OS X 10.6.7

In the Desktop & Screen Saver panel of System Preferences, I check the "Change Picture" box and set it to "Every 30 minutes". The desktop background doesn't change. I tried deleting ...
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Automatically restore my window locations when I reconnect my external monitor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I make windows save their position on screen after re-attaching a display? I'll often move around in the course of a work day, from my basement office where I ...
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How can I change the desktop wallpaper for a restricted, parental controlled account?

We have an iMac with several accounts (two admins, one normal and one parental controlled). My son's account (the parental controlled) will not let me change the desktop wallpaper! Seriously? I ...
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Automatically arrange icons on the Mac OS 10.6 desktop in groups

Recently I found my estimated 100 desktop symbols re-ordered in 5 bunches: 4 bunches with one in each corner and one bunch in the middle (leaving more space for more crowd between the bunches :). ...
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How to make screen zoom little bit less terrible?

You know how you zoom-in whole screen with your magic-trackpad + ctrl + 2fingers in snow leopard? The result is not-so-nice-looking screen. You can see pixels and basically the resolution is crapy... ...
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Workflow for dealing with incoming files to keep the file system tidy?

The cluttered desktops of our computers at home (Macs and PCs) made me think about a better workflow to deal with new files (self created or downloaded from the internet). My question is: Which ...
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Application to periodically update desktop with new images from Flickr tag search?

Are there any applications I can use to periodically download new images from a Flickr tag search and update my desktop picture (preferably with support for multiple monitors)?
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Where are Apple's default desktop images stored?

When I go to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver, I see many images in folders such as "Desktop Pictures", "Nature", "Plants", etc. Where are these images located? I want to use them in ...
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View Image Full Screen

On occasion I need to look at an image at fullscreen so it doesn't have anything else around it to distract me. Is there a way to do that? I can't seem to find a way to do it with preview.
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Change background based on location/wifi?

Does anyone know if an application that can change the background of the desktop to a different set of images based on your location? I am thinking about writing an AppleScript to do this, but if ...
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Mac OS Desktop coordinate problem

I'm having a hard time working with Mac OS screen coordinates. I can use ⌘+⇧+4 to get them, but each of my monitors does not have a unique coordinate system??!? I have a desktop of 4 screens ...
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Items in desktop folder to appear on desktop

Somehow recently I managed to mess up my Desktop folder so the contents are no longer displayed on the actual desktop. Anybody have any ideas how to get this back? It's not a problem normally since ...
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How do I show the hard drive on the desktop

My hard drive used to display on the desktop. It's gone missing, how do I get it back?
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Spaces makes dialogs disappear

I'll be working in a space, and then something starts bouncing in the dock (like Mail), so I switch to that space, and I see a dialog for a split second, but then it disappears. I try moving the main ...