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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Desktop icons have disappeared after using HDMI cable (Yosemite)

I had a strange issue recently where I had to reset PRAM after using an HDMI cable with my MBP (it had a blank screen on boot). I feel like this is again related to the HDMI cable. After using it, ...
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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 to adjust a desktop picture through the command line (terminal)?

So after some research, I came along this wonderful little gem for setting a desktop background through the command line. osascript tell application "Finder" set desktop picture to POSIX file ...
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Dock Icon Show Desktop

Is it possible to create a dock icon that shows the desktop? Ideally I'm looking for 10.5.6 support and up.
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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 (OS X Mavericks) is a bit cluttered and I've already sorted them on kind, but all ...
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Mission control: Show all application windows in current desktop only

How can I see all windows which belong to the same app in some desktop? (in OSX 10.9-10.10) I know about Mission Control -> Application windows but it shows all windows from all desktops. Say 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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Missing desktop after Lion restore

After restoring Mac OS X 10.7, Lion, my desktop and Apple menu are missing. How do I get my desktop back? I can get Safari only and can access the internet. Need to know how to bring icons back to ...
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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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Multiple Monitors, shared desktop

Say I have two monitors, one an LCD on my laptop and the other a HD 21". I've disabled display mirroring as I want to use the extra space to view another window, however I want the items on the ...
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How can I move a MS Word “toolbox” when the grab area is behind the OS X menu bar?

MS Word has positioned what they call a "toolbox" so that the area you click on to drag it is hidden behind OS X's menu bar, as shown in the screen capture below... There is no place on the palette ...
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Grant acces for accounting software to other mac in the network

On computer 1 I got an accounting software that I would like for computer 2 to run trough the local network but the database from the accounting software should be stored in computer 1? Can I give ...
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Drag and Drop file to desktop when windows are maximized

I typically maximize my windows to the full size of the screen and then rather than clicking windows to navigate through them I cmd+tab to switch between applications. The only problem that this ...
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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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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 ...
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How to configure where Lion fullscreen apps open

I recently noticed that when I fullscreen an app, it opens as a new space all the way to the right, after all my desktops. I don't think this is how it worked before -- I seem to recall that it used ...
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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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Sharing Mac mini with monitor in another room. (also bluetooth keyboard/mouse with second monitor)

My 2012 Mac mini/thunderbolt are in one room I want to sit in another room and work on the Mac mini. I have a second monitor and bluetooth keyboard accessories. I do not want to set up a second ...
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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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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 ...
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Splitting a mac desktop into smaller portions

Background I'm using a device called a DualHead2Go that lets me plug two external screens into an early gen Macbook Pro. This device basically presents the two screens to the mac as if they were one ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there any way to not boot Finder at startup?

Is there a way in OS X to change the desktop from Finder to something else (for example KDE from Fink)? Basically, I want Finder to not boot up at startup, so no icons, no dock (but keep the menu ...
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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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How do Mac multiple monitor hold different desktop?

I use two monitor with my Mac(OS X 10.8.5 (12F45)). Today, my desktop is not separate like the figures below. When I remove the desktop 1, we can see the results both on the left and right monitor. I ...
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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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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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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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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 ...