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 to move Desktop folder to Google Drive

I'm trying to sync my desktop folders across computers and platform through having a single Desktop folder in Google Drive. I was wondering if there is a simple method of moving the Desktop folder to ...
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Setting background image to dropbox file doesn't update background

Im trying to have my desktop background be an image stored on my dropbox account. My dropbox folder is linked in my home directory. When i set the background to this photo and then change the photo ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Saving OS X Spaces/Desktops

For how I use my laptop, it would be extremely helpful to be able to use Spaces/Desktops in OS X to break up different projects. One project may have a couple of websites/URLs, a pdf and a ...
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All Desktops swiping brings the app front

When an app is selected as all desktops while switching from one desktop to another even though another app is in front of this app, it automaticly brings the app front then puts it to behind again. ...
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Content of folders vanished when moved to Macintosh HD

I tried to move some folders from my Desktop to my hard drive by dragging them. It would not let me copy them on the hard drive for an unknown reason (red not permitted sign appearing when hovering ...
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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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Immobilise Desktops

I want to make my Desktops stay in an order that I want. I want to have my first 3 Desktops locked and others dynamic in example: I'm working on Desktop1. When an app is full screen the app is ...
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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 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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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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Yosemite auto creates multiple desktops (spaces) on main monitor

Since upgrading to Yosemite I've been having issue with OS X creating additional desktops on my main monitor for no apparent reason. I usually have 3 different desktops setup on my main monitor and ...
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Refresh OSX to get rid of stuck info tag [duplicate]

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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10.10.4; get current wallpaper location

When wallpaper settings are set to change every hour (or whatever time period) and is set to random order, it appears to be impossible to report the get, as a string, the location of the current ...
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Full-Screen Auto-Location Change in OS X 10.10

I'm using a MacBook Pro with Retina, currently at OS X 10.10.3. I use it for both personal and work related matters, more often than not, at the same time. As such, I have 6 desktops ready to go at ...
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What could be the reason for dock icons to have disappeared?

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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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.
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Extending Desktop Backgounds

Apple already provide gorgeous photos for desktop background. How can i add photos to that collection? like "Desktop Pictures + My Folder"
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Can I use Geektool to display a webpage?

Does anyone know of a geeklet or other small application which will display a webpage on the desktop beneath application windows? I can't see an easy way to do this with Geektool and can't find any ...
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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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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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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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How (or where) I can set keyboard shortcut to “add new desktop place”

please, how to set up keyboard shortcut to "add new desktop place", that must be added via "Mission Control" and by mouse click to "plus button" (top right corner)?? I'm looking at "system ...
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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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Creating a new desktop on one monitor creates a desktop on all monitors

Additionally shifting my desktop on the one monitor I created (with 2 monitors plugged into my MacBook Pro) shifts every desktop. I don't want this feature how do I turn it off? I just want to be ...
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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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Use Home as Desktop directory in Yosemite

How can I use my Home as the Desktop directory in Yosemite? Deleting the Desktop directory doesn't work after a restart. I would like to do this because I don't like to switch to Desktop dir everytime ...
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Apple Remote Management access denied to client in os x 10.10.2

Since we've converted one client machine to Mavericks 10.10.2 I get 'Access Denied' even though all the settings appear to be correct. Is it possible they put something on the machine to prevent ARD ...
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Why does Mac Yosemite open dozens and dozens of empty desktops?

On 10.10.2, several times a day, I hit F3 ("Mission Control"?) to see all my windows, in order to quickly navigate to one. And I notice empty desktops keep getting created: I know I can hold down ...
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How can I create a script with multi command

I tried to create a script on OS X. I do something wrong. I want to execute 2 command: defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true and killall Finder I saved and chmod the file but ...
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my macbook pro lost dock and will not load applications

I am working on a macbook pro. It starts fine, but will not load the start up screen. I loaded in safe mode just fine. In safe mode I created another user and that works just fine. When I log in ...
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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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Is it more memory/processor-efficient to open many windows in one desktop, or to make all these windows fullscreen?

I have many, many windows that must be open all at once (VM, Email client, browser, IDE, source navigator, issue tracker, notebook, etc...), and have often bumped up against my MacBook's 16GB of RAM. ...
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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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MBA mid 2011 with Bootcamp Win7-HP: changed text size, now desktop Black, but will display Taskmgr

As title says, I have bootcamp installed on MBA (mid 2011) using Win7 HP. Both OS were working fine until I tried to increase the text size on the Win side by doing a Rt-Click on the desktop. Now ...
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iTerm FullScreen bug when switching desktops

When iTerm is fullscreen (on its own desktop), a new bug has started happening for me. If I swipe to another screen, say google chrome, and swipe back, it will be a fresh terminal. This has so far ...
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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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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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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 ...