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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
2answers
806 views

Moving desktop folder back to where it should be!

I've had a real headscratcher... the other day I was downloading a large folder from FTP to a folder on my desktop. When I went to check the files half were missing, I soon found out it was because ...
3
votes
1answer
442 views

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?
3
votes
7answers
6k views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
26 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
114 views

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.
1
vote
3answers
9k views

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 ?
1
vote
2answers
5k views

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.
1
vote
0answers
14 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
17 views

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. ...
1
vote
2answers
310 views

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?
2
votes
0answers
15 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
35 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
78 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
187 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
42 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
29 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
94 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
65 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
215 views

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 ...
11
votes
6answers
17k views

How to retrieve windows that have moved 'off-screen'

I have this problem sometimes with my dual-screen setup, especially when I'm juggling lots of things around. Occasionally I seem to be able to move a window entirely off-screen (I'm not quite sure ...
7
votes
7answers
5k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
34 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
95 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
58 views

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 ...
6
votes
6answers
1k views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
4k views

Can I change my OS X theme?

Some of my friends said that OS X sucks because you only have to choose one theme on every device that have OS X. I searched, but I didn't find any feasible solution just one little thing that cost ...
1
vote
1answer
25 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
442 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
43 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
33 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
278 views

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?
1
vote
1answer
38 views

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. ...
1
vote
4answers
418 views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
8k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
19 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

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 ...
4
votes
1answer
225 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
491 views

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. ...
0
votes
2answers
6k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
50 views

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.
0
votes
2answers
381 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
117 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
95 views

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?
3
votes
2answers
1k views

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.
5
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
68 views

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 ...