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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OS X Yosemite desktop icon positioning problems

I just updated my MacBook Pro 13 inch mid 2012 model to OS X Yosemite, and the icons on my desktop are behaving strangely. When I try to move a file or folder to a specific place to keep my desktop ...
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Yosemite moves all desktops to one display on startup

I am using 2 displays on my Mac Mini (late 2013), and have 6 desktops on each of the displays. Primary display: 6 desktops Secondary display: 6 desktops However, after upgrading to Yosemite, it ...
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Refresh OSX to get rid of stuck info tag

Every now and then I get an info tag stuck on my screen on top of all my applications. The only think I know that will remove it is restarting my computer. Is there an easier way to refresh OSX that ...
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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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Geeklets non-responsive after upgrade to Yosemite

I just upgraded to Yosemite, and trying to play around with the settings. I realized that I cannot replace/re-organize the geeklets on my desktop anymore. I can't add new ones by dragging them either. ...
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Set a screensaver as a background for Desktop?

I have a really nice Matrix inspired screensaver. I would like to have the moving screensaver to be placed as my Desktop background image. How can I set my screensaver as a background image for the ...
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Desktop icons rearrange spontaneously (Yosemite)

I like to have all my desktop icons and shortcuts in very specific places. When I take a screenshot of the screen (for example) and it is saved to a file on the desktop, all the desktop icons arrange ...
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Newly added images not showing in “Desktop Pictures”

I have just bought myself a new Mac and am finding the new OS a little alien at present. I've just downloaded a new background screen and moved it to the /Library/Desktop Pictures/ folder. However ...
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Hide .DS_Store and .localized from Desktop only without 3rd party app

There is an app called XtraFinder which does exactly that - it shows hidden files while it can still hide those two files from Desktop only. Is it possible to do something like that without ...
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How can I view the desktop version of a page on a website with faulty redirects?

The iPhone has a great built-in web browser, and since its first introduction it was touted as being able to run the full web, not the watered down mobile versions many phones use. Unfortunately, ...
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Change color of desktop font (Yosemite)

Tinkertool took care of most of the too-small fonts (are any Apple designers over 40?), but the white text on my preferred light desktop is bad. Linux GTX has a rather tricky file to hand-edit to fix ...
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sleep or restart macbook pro

Is it better to just close the lid on a macbook pro or should I shut it down? When I restart a computer, and I have multiple desktops open, will the desktops all restart with settings saved to reopen ...
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multiple desktops question on mac

I have a question about multiple desktops. This function is super helpful since I only have a 13 inch macbook pro and my screen economy is vastly improved with multiple desktops since I am using ruby, ...
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How to programmatically get the path to the wallpaper on the active desktop?

I'm trying to get the path to the wallpaper in the active desktop. However, I'm having trouble reliably getting this. The following sources indicate that ~/Library/Application ...
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Yosemite: replace desktop with Launchpad

Is there any way to replace the desktop with launchpad? I would like to do this thing at this point Kind of gives me the feeling of coming full circle, but ultimately my desktop is just an ...
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My Desktop folder was “wiped”

about 3 days ago, after turning on my mac, I noticed that all the folders and files that were in the Desktop folder were just gone. I considered the (highly unlikely) possibility of accidentally ...
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With two external displays in Mountain Lion how do I specify where the content of the Desktop is shown?

I have connected two external displays to a Macbook and have deselected 'Mirror Displays'. The lid of the Macbook is closed, therefore I am using just the larger screens. The contents of my desktop ...
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How to set positioning/filling of desktop background image with AppleScript

How can I set the positioning/filling of the desktop background image from the command line with one of the available options listed in the Desktop & Screen Saver preferences: Crop, SizeToFit, ...
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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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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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screen sharing from Windows to Mac over LAN

What software do I need to install / use on a Windows box to be able to remote desktop into OSX locally on LAN? Versions don't matter really, but to be specific: OSX 10.7.5, with "VNC viewers may ...
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Desktop files and folders always moving

In OSX 10.9.5 my desktop folders re-arrange when a new window is opened. I have "sort by" off. I can arrange my folders and then when I open a new window (not every time) all of the folders will ...
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What could be the reason why my Icons disppear?

So this has happened to me again, my icons from desktop and the icons on dock and launchpad have been disappeared. I'm guessing that the icon builder daemon has crashed. What should i do to get back ...
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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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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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excel files look different on OSX Desktop w/Parallels

I have two Excel files on my OSX Desktop. One is an alias and it has the double red lines/logo of Parallels, the other does not. See attached screen shot. Can anyone tell me why this occurs? I don't ...
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Quick Look keeps popping up

I use the spacebar to preview some files with Quick Look and when I'm done with it I close the preview window. Sometimes when I change desktops the preview window will pop up again (empty) and when I ...
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Thumbnails for Image Files on Desktop won't load

I have a dozen or so image files on my iMac's desktop. Most of the time, after booting up my computer, it displays a thumbnail of each image (as it should). But sometimes, the thumbnails won't show ...
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Applescript to change desktop image on all monitors?

I have the following code to change the desktop image of my Macbook tell application "System Events" tell current desktop set picture to "/Library/Desktop Pictures/Beach.jpg" end tell end tell How ...
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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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Make images used as desktop backgrounds shrink but now grow

I've got my Mac set up to cycle through a folder of images as desktop backgrounds. The images vary in size. Some don't fit on my monitor, others are not so big. In the "Desktop & Screensaver" ...
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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 ...
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Why does the desktop Hard drive icon keep moving?

Every time I log in to one specific account on my mac the hard drive icon, usually in the top right, has moved to the top left and is partly off of the screen. Even when I drag it back to the right it ...
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How to modify app expose to show only open windows of current application on current desktop?

I have OS X 10.8.5. I typically have several windows of some applications open on more than one desktop. When using App Expose, it shows all of the open windows of the current application on all ...
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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 ...
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Folders on top, on desktop

Is it possible to get 'folders on top' on the desktop (too) by any plist file hack or third-party app? My desktop is a bit cluttered and I've already sorted them on kind, but all .AI, .PSD, .INDD, ...
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Disable spaces when connected to external monitor, or treat second display as second space?

Is there a way to disable spaces when connected to an external monitor? I frequently travel between one location (home) where I connect to an external monitor and another where I don't. When I'm ...
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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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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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Make windows go completely off screen in “show desktop” hot corner

Is there anyway to have it so when I go to the hot corner I have set to show desktop, the windows go so far off screen that neither them nor their shadow can be seen?
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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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Can you save the current desktop background as an image? [duplicate]

I've deleted a photo by mistake. I have the photos as my desktop background. Is there any way that I can take it and save it?
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Tearing away a finder tab onto the Desktop leaves a permanent, mini phantom window

While tearing away a Finder tab, a mini-window image icon gets created briefly under the mouse. However, on my mac, when I tear away a tab from a Finder window onto the Desktop only, this mini-window ...
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What is the icon on the desktop after I install an application?

I am very very new to Mac. Here is my question: I have downloaded VLC player and then I clicked on the dmg file. I moved the VLC icon to Applications folder in the opening window. Now when I start ...
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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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MS Remote Desktop Issuessss

While using Wi-Fi at work I'm able to use the remote desktop just fine to access the computers at work. When on any other network I'm unable to connect remotely. By the way the computer that I am ...
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Why does my desktop picture not change correctly?

If I go into the Desktop & Screensaver preference pane to change my desktop background. The result is that my normal desktop has the old picture I wanted to change: If, however, I go into ...
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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 ...
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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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Assign an agent app to all desktops

I am running an app (Simple Floating Clock) that runs as an agent (LSUIElement assigned to 1 in the app's Info.plist). I would like to assign the app to "All Desktops" that I run. Normally, if an ...