Questions tagged [desktop]

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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Possible to make desktop icons bigger than max?

I have my desktop icons set as big as they'll go... but would like them even bigger if possible! Is there a way to do this?
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Using a screensaver as a desktop wallpaper?

I've looked around a lot for a way to use one of the screensavers as the wallpaper for my desktop. I found a few options but all of them didn't seem to work on macOS Catalina. The way I tried to ...
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Detached chrome tabs auto fling off to another desktop!

This was never a problem before I upgraded to 10.15.5. I have a single wide screen, so I have 2 chrome windows (one on left, one on right). I frequently move tabs from one to another. I also have ...
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Save and Load different Mac OS Desktop Arrangements [duplicate]

I switch workplaces quite regularly (e.g. from 34" to 24" monitors to solely using my MB Pro) and thus I would like to store and load my desktop arrangements in a simple way. For example, I would like ...
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Do not rearrange my desktops on change window focus [duplicate]

CMD+TAB I want keep order of desktops the same. How to tell to MacOS: "Please do not rearrange my virtual desktops."
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Macbook air desktop background [duplicate]

I tried to change my desktop picture but it won't change and i have tried things that have been suggested to other people with the same problem and it doesn't work for me. Please help I am sick and ...
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MacOS does not isolate the apps in the secondary monitor through each Desktop

I work with MacOS - El Capitan Furthermore I have Windows 10 and Ubuntu Desktop working with multi desktops. I know how create a new one and how move through them An important observation is that ...
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Why my desktop displays location path of the chosen image?

Without doing anything specific I have suddenly the location path of the desktop image written on my desktop like (3)/System/Library/CoreServices/DefaultDesktop.jpg On my 2nd Monitor it says (6)/...
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When I try to delete some old folders on my mac desktop I get error. I have tried some method but failed. Error is shown in description

I have tried several methods in the past as well. While reflecting on root of problem initially after purchasing mac I had password set which was forgotten within week so I had to used command R ...
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Apps not focusing macOS Mojave 1.14

Recent install of macOS Mojave on a MacBook Pro. I am using an external monitor set to the primary monitor by dragging the white bar over it. When I have an app open then mess with files on the ...
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Cannot select “Tile” in Desktop system preference

I just upgraded from macOS 10.14.6 to macOS 10.15.4 Previously I had both my desktops to display a random picture and to tile them. Now the option to tile them is greyed out : I have two Hp 27" ...
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Why are some desktops locked during a dual monitor set up?

Sometimes during the dual monitor set up, I can't move a desktop to another monitor. Why?? For example, if I have a dual monitor, I can move desktop 1 to another monitor, but I can't move desktop 2. ...
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macOS Catalina: Whenever I attempt to take screen-capture via Terminal, I only get image of naked desktop background

Whenever I attempt to take a screenshot using Terminal (command: screencapture -is ~/Desktop/insertimagename.jpg), I receive an image of the desktop background. Despite taking a screenshot of programs ...
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Stickies - how to place a sticky on top of a fullscreen desktop (multiple desktops)

I use full screen desktops a lot (ctrl + cmd + f) / (ctrl + up). Is it possible to put a sticky on top of a desktop which has an app open full screen? What I really want is regardless of whichever ...
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Is it possible to have the dock in different positions in different desktop?

Is it possible to have the dock in different positions in different desktops? In particular I'd like to change the settings between a normal desktop and a desktop where there's an app at full screen. ...
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Safari forces desktop switch while open

Since macOS update 10.15.4, I have been having a problem with Safari. When I open Safari on one desktop/Space and switch to another one, after a short delay of approximately a second Safari steals ...
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iMac OS High Sierra 10.13.6 - lost desktop icons and inbox for email

I lost all of my desktop icons and my inbox of emails after receiving a keychain error message for wrong password. How do I get them to come back into view?
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Mac shortcut : switch between apps in the same virtual desktop

I want to switch between only two application with a shortcut in a virtual desktop. Example : only switch between google chrome and apple music (only this two apps are in the virtual desktop). I ...
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Can I snap windows to fill 1/4 of the screen like in Windows?

I know you can 'pin' two windows left/right on Mac through the full-screen option but is there no simple shortcut like on Windows, to resize/move just the current window top/left and bottom/right? In ...
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How to switch desktops using command to show icons on my mac? [duplicate]

couldn't find how to do this online, i want this it looks fast
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Why did my desktop background changed and why pictures were opened, if I did nothing to do so? [duplicate]

This is what happened: My desktop background changed 3 times at different times. The change picture (every x time) option is disabled and I have always had it in that way. When I selected a picture ...
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How can I know if my macbook is hacked?

Today when I turned on my macbook I could see that the Desktop Background has been changed to Yosemite picture. Then right after clicking on Change Desktop background... the background changed to the ...
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Move an application window to a specific desktop with AppleScripts

Does anyone know how to move an application window to a specific desktop with AppleScripts? I am asking this because I want to automate the following process, for example: move the 1st window of ...
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How to restore browser windows at boot [duplicate]

I am looking for a utility that will restore my desktop arrangement for multiple desktops for not only when I plug-in and unplug an external monitor (I.E. Display Maid, which does this well) but also ...
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How can I change my desktop background based on external event?

I would like to change desktop background based on plugged/non-plugged, day of the week, month, and so on. How can I accomplish this?
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Is there a way to do negative zoom?

I know you can make it so that a key command can make the display zoom in, but is there a way to zoom out past 100% (make everything get smaller not bigger)... ?
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Move desktop wallpaper to the side

iMac desktop photo is in the middle of the screen. I want to move the photo to one side so my desktop folders are on the other side.
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How to resize folders on desktop

At some point I changed some setting - I am not quite sure how, maybe via some sequence of keystrokes, and my folders all got bigger on my desktop. I don't think this looks very aesthetic, how do I ...
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How to change .webloc file icon?

Chrome is my default web browser. Sometimes, I drag URLs from the Chrome address bar to the desktop. When I do this, they always take the Safari "webloc" icon. How can I pick another icon, like ...
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Switch Spaces via Mouse

I am using two Spaces on my mojave and I can use Ctrl + Left/Arrow to change the screen. But isn't there a way to use only mouse to change the space instead of using keyboard?
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Non-static desktop wallpaper in macOS

my question is exactly as it sounds. Is there anyway to make a "moving" or "non-static" desktop wallpaper in macOS. I'd like a loop or repeating video or something similar to what Josh Fluke has in ...
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Eliminate desktop switching transition/delay [duplicate]

When switching desktops on Mac OS, there is always a fade in/out transition. This transition is quick, but still quite noticeable and annoying when one switches few times in a minute. Is there a way ...
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Desktop icon spacing - bigger gap on the left of desktop

Why do the desktop icons on the left of the screen have a bigger gap than the icons on the right? I have set my desktop icons "snap to grid". Is there any way I can make it even? Resetting Finder ...
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Catalina Desktop Stacks Define New Kinds to Group By?

How can I define new "kinds" of desktop stacks in Mac OS Catalina, so I can easily 'group by kind' and get the kinds I want? I've been using Catalina's desktop stacks to organize my desktop, grouping ...
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Files in Desktop cannot be edited in macOS Catalina

I cannot open, change, edit, write, or read any of the files in my desktop. I have pictures on my desktop but when I attempt to open them, this error appears: "The file “FileName” couldn’t be opened....
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Unable to import notebook from my desktop “MAC”

I recently switched from a Windows PC to a MacBook Pro at my job. It's been extremely difficult to try and get my notebooks imported to onenote on my new mac. For someone reason, I don't see any ...
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Attach window to desktop

Some of my actions (I'm not sure which exactly but clicking to icons in taskbar usually does it) makes windows to be moved to another desktops (Example: after some action windows from desktops 3..5 ...
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Hotkey for switching between desktops with maximized windows

I use ctrl- to switch between workspaces but if some application is maximized, it creates a new workspace between "Desktop 1" and "Desktop 2" so it's impossible to use a hotkey. Is it possible to ...
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File stacking app for Sierra 10.12.6

Is there an app in the App store or a similar future/addon somewhere that gives the opportunity to throw files onto stacks on the Desktop of a Sierra system?
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How to disconnect iCloud from my MacBook?

This all started with the system prompting an update on my current macOS Mojave version 10.14.3. When I wanted to go and update the system, I discovered that iCloud Drive takes up 50 GB on my mac. I ...
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Where is the JSON file in the Mojave Dynamic Background HEIC?

I found the file for the Mojave Dynamic Background at /Library/Desktop\ Pictures/Mojave.heic I successfully created some images for my own Dynamic Background, and have found many resources online on ...
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How to permanently remove “Open” and “Closed” folders from my desktop in High Sierra?

I have this weird thing that every day on my desktop there appear two folders called Open and Closed. I can move them to trash but new ones will come up every day and I would like to deactivate this ...
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Spawning multiple instances of applications via shortcuts

So I'm using BetterTouchTool to set up shortcuts, and I have a bunch that are dedicated to opening various apps. The problem is, if one of those apps are already open, then hitting the shortcut pulls ...
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Prevent Mac OS from re-arranging desktop spaces when un-docking and re-docking

I have two external monitors connected to my Macbook Pro. They are arranged so that the two external monitors sit side by side, and the Macbook Pro is opened with the display underneath the two ...
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When using dual monitors, is it possible to get the screenshots to appear on the desktop of the screen it captured?

I'm not using a mirrored display, I connect my monitor to my laptop to do my main work and use my laptop for keeping track of queues and emails. Throughout my day I take many snips/screenshots and I ...
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How do I get a shared drive that dismounts nightly for backups to persist in my favorites bar

Our main network drive dismounts nightly for backups. When it dismounts it disappears from my Favorites. The next day I must manually add it back. Is there any way I can get it to persist in my ...
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How can I get control + arrow left/right to work after command + tab?

I have 3 monitors up at work. They all have multiple full screen windows up and running. Here's the behavior causing issues: I am on monitor 1. Toggling between windows via control + left/right ...
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Desktop folder has changed overnight

I turned off displaying files, folders, and volumes on my desktop. Now my desktop is clear and shows only my background image. I've been letting all apps that want to save to desktop do so. I've ...
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Sync Desktop now that Dropbox no longer supports symlinks

How can I have my Desktop sync over Dropbox? Previously, I used symlinks to have Dropbox sync the Desktop and Documents folders while keeping them in their actual locations. Dropbox no longer ...
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How do I get rid of a re-appearing B&W hard drive icon on my macOS desktop?

I have an iMac running OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 and an external hard drive with 3 partitions. The external HD was unplugged and left unplugged. Since then, it appears on my desktop at every startup, ...

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