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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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.
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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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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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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 ...
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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't change wallpaper for Secondary Desktop Ive already tried system preferences

I cant change the secondary desktop wallpaper. ive already gone to system preferences and have chosen a wallpaper for second desktop but it remains all white???
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Is there a way to create new desktop spaces from keyboard only?

We all know there is a way to to switch between desktops using keyboard shortcuts, but can we create new ones using only the keyboard?
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Desktop wallpaper changes only apparently

I've followed all the solutions proposed to make the desktop wallpaper change, as it apparently it doesn't, but the only solution I can achieve is getting the default wallpaper after rebooting. ...
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Unhide desktop icons

I recently had tried to make some hidden desktop icons on my desktop following the instructions found here. I am on Mac OS X Mountain Lion. I ended up somehow making every file a hidden file. The ...
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Hide the dock in Mission Control and Launchpad?

I am really fed up with the Mac OS Dock showing in Mission Control and especially Launchpad. Is there any way at all (even if I have to program it myself) to hide it in Mission Control and Launchpad ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to hide desktop icons on a single desktop

I'm a big fan of multiple desktop spaces on OS X 10.7 (see image). I'm wondering if you can hide desktop icons on just one of the 4 spaces I have setup. Is that possible?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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OSX changing backgrounds- iphoto folder doesn't update

I have the background image on my OSX desktop set to change every x minutes- it chooses a random image within a specific iPhoto album. However, when I remove photos from that iPhoto album, the ...
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Desktop background folder selections not persisting

Upgraded to Mountain Lion a few weeks ago, didn't have the problem. A few days ago I replaced the hard drive with a SSD and did a clean install of Mountain Lion then manually moved my background ...
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jittery fragmented desktop effects (ML)

Yesterday, suddenly, I encountered strange laggy/jittery behavior of dektop visual effects, when enabling full-screen to safari, changing desktops, showing the notifications bar etc... i show it here ...
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Drop shadow lingering on screen from CS6 splash screen

When I opened photoshop cs6 just now, the fancy new splash screen popped up and went away as normal, only the drop shadow around the outline of the splash screen has stayed on my desktop... At first ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Make desktop items only appear in a certain region

How do I make my desktop items on my mac desktop, instead of spreading all over the desktop, just spread in a certain region of the desktop?
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How can I disable active desktop switching itself/

I use my MacBook Pro with many desktops. Some appication events switches the active desktop to another one, for example Safari does it when I open Gmail. I write my Gmail username and password then ...