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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Can I create a desktop shortcut to a website without going through the browser?

I'd like to add a desktop shortcut to a URL that will show up on the desktop for all users of the Mac. The only methods I've found for creating one involves navigating to the desired website in a ...
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Calling window for Mac Whatsapp Desktop is blank

When making or receiving a call on the Mac desktop version of Whatsapp, the small window that opens with the contact info and the hang up button, opens black & blank. We dumped & reinstalled ...
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How to set a particular virtual desktop's background using the terminal or API on MacOS 12?

When I create a new Space on MacOS, I set the desktop background to an image associated with the task I will complete in the Space. Something like: % set-space-background monitor=1 space=2 ~/...
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Deterministic Window/Desktop Manager Recommendation

Is there any tool for macOS which can manage different app windows deterministically, especially when connecting and disconnecting from different external monitors? I use Rectangle and it kinda works ...
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Is there a list of standard keystrokes that includes "Open with External Editor"?

Apple has a list of standard keystrokes, but it doesn't include "Open in External Editor", which I'm sure I've seen in various apps (although I might not be remembering the wording exactly). ...
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Showing desktop on one screen

I have an external monitor connected to a Macbook. When I show desktop, it shows on both screens simultaneously. Is there a way to show it on one of them only?
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I can't find Desktop folder in /Users/username

I can't find the Desktop folder under /Users/username. I'm not sure if it's a folder that doesn't originally exist. Please see the picture below. There is a Desktop item in the Favorites sidebar, but ...
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Is it possible to let mac remember the desktops and webpages each one opend?

Is it possible to let mac remember the desktops and webpages each one opend? in my case, I use 5 desktops to open 5 web pages, it's convenient for me to work. you know after reboot my macos, them ...
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How to create a keyboard shortcut to a fullscreen window?

When a window is fullscreen, it occupies a new Desktop in Mission Control. Is there a way to have a keyboard shortcut to got to that desktop/space (without having to recreate the shortcut each time)? ...
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How to provide macOS (iMac-Catalina) with equivalent to MS RDP Server?

How to provide macOS (iMac-Catalina) with equivalent to MS RDP Server? I'm losing the Win-10 laptop RDS server and want to migrate that functionality to the iMac. BTW, I've been using the MS RDS ...
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I need an AppleScript (or maybe JXA) for switching Spaces. I found `kCGWindowWorkspace` but it's gone. Any way to find the Space for any given window?

I'm working on how to switch between Desktop Workspaces where the hotkey stays the same if I rearrange the order of the Spaces in Mission Control. I also need more than the 16 max hotkeys that Apple ...
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How to List All Windows of One App Which Are Open in All Desktops

I would like to be able to generate a list, and hopefully access one-by-one, all the open windows of any specific app no matter what desktop they are in,together with which Desktop Workspace (Mission ...
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Retrieve desktop folders from iCloud drive

I have a macbook pro with Monterey OS, I stored my desktop files on iCloud drive, I logged out from iCloud in macbook, all desktop files are disappeared unless those that are not uploaded yet to ...
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What is this Down Arrow from the Menu Bar?

What is this down arrow from the Menu Bar? Can't remove or click on it. Could this be some virus???
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How can I increase the display size of desktop folders beyond the maximum 128x128?

I want to increase the display size of desktop icons beyond the maximum 128x128. Is there a command I can use to do it? (macOS Mojave)
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open browser link in the same desktop

Is there a way to force opening a URL in the same desktop, when there is no browser window yet in the active desktop ? (like in linux) this solution https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4995042 does ...
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Can you identify this up arrow with rectangle below which just appeared in my menu bar? [duplicate]

This icon just appeared right hand side of the menu bar. I have no idea where it came from. Hovering, clicking left/right does nothing. Does anyone recognise it or know a way I can find out what it ...
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Keep Mac dictation working on user interaction

I want to change Dictation behaviour on Mac. MacOS doesn't allow users to multitask and use Dictation at the same time. It is very inconvenient that any click outside of the dictation window stops it ...
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How can I prevent my M1 Max from forgetting which windows / desktops are on which display?

I have a 2021 16" M1 Max with 3 external displays. One display is plugged directly into the left side of the laptop. The other two displays are plugged into this OWC hub (OWCTB4HUB5P), which is ...
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Remove specific files from iCloud

I was just wondering how I can remove certain big folders from my iCloud Drive and have it only save on my Mac. I've got some folders filled with footage that's like 800gb that I don't need taking up ...
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Why the preview windows follow me when I update to the Monterey?

I recently updated my macOS from Catalina to Monterey. But then I find that when I create multiple desktops and open a Preview window on desktop A, then changing to desktop B via the three-finger ...
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Can we switch two virtual displays in parallel ? Montery, MissionControl [duplicate]

When I work at my desk, I have an external display on top of my Mac. I have one application, let's say the mainapp on the external monitor. And another application, let's call it the console on the ...
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Is there a QTranslate for MacOS?

I'd like to translate selected text using one keyboard shortcut and see translation in a pop up window, similarly to how QTranslate works on Windows. I tried Mate, but it requires several key ...
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Cannot access Desktop/Space - switches back to the previous one

I currently have 4 desktops/spaces and I thought I disabled everything to do with automatic rearranging them or switching to them. Yet, sometimes macos insists on going back to a particular space ...
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Different Desktop Environment for Mac?

Is is possible to change the entire desktop environment of a Mac (12.2.1)? Are there any desktop environment alternatives available? (Xfce or unity-like would be nice) My major concern is the default ...
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How to make links open in a virtual desktop browser instead of the second screen?

When I use a monitor with my Mac, it's to watch videos and multitask. I'd have a Chrome window open on my main screen in a virtual desktop and another Chrome window open on the monitor. When I switch ...
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Delete Symlink from ~/Desktop

A while ago I deleted my ~/Desktop directory and then (using a symlink) pointed it to another directory (a subdirectory of my Google Drive directory). No, that my setup has changed, I would like to ...
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Change default note taking app in bottom corner

Is there a way to change the note taking app that pops out of the bottom right corner from apple notes to another program? I see you can customize some settings in the Desktop & Screen Saver ...
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Is there a disadvantage to storing files on the desktop?

I remember reading that one shouldn't store files on the desktop. I don't remember what the reason was. Something to do with the Finder treating files on the desktop differently. The advice given was ...
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When using OS X terminal open command, e.g. `open .`, how can I control which screen/desktop the Finder window opens on?

I use a TV as a large external monitor & typically have a few OS X Desktops on the external screen for browsers, code editors, etc., along with 2 or 3 Desktops open on my MacBook Pro screen, w/ ...
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Switch between virtual desktops by scrolling on the menu bar

Looking for a script, macro, automation script, TIY solution that will allow me to hover my mouse over the menu bar scroll my mouse wheel up and down which in turn will switch between my left and ...
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Monterey changes my desktop background when I plug in external displays

I have a MacBook Pro (i5, 2020ish, two Thunderbolt ports, Big Sur), a CalDigit Thunderbolt3 dock, an Apple Thunderbolt display (plugged into the dock via an Apple-branded Thunderbolt 3-to-Thunderbolt2 ...
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How to remove an unclosable desktop from desktop list?

I have noticed of late that when my mbp goes into sleep mode, waking from it is essentially like a recovery (or an attempt to) which generally loses my desktop and window(s) arrangement (everything is ...
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Is there an app to manage multiple "Desktop Spaces" (not monitors)?

I like to use the Desktop Spaces feature when working on a single monitor as it allows me to have, for example, InDesign running in one Desktop Space, my writing app in another, and the remainder of ...
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Terminal command/argument to launch app to specific desktop number ("assign to desktop" feature does not fit use case)

I included the fact that the "assign to desktop" feature does not the use case as I know there's other posts that exist where that was in fact the best answer. Long time i3 (https://i3wm.org/...
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Why I can no longer create *separate* Gmail Desktop apps?

I used to have a few "Desktop Apps" for Gmail created as shortcuts, following these steps: ⠇(top right) > More tools > Create Shortcut > Open as Window I'd then have one app per ...
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How can I permanently unhide all files in a folder?

I recently ran a MacOS update and when it was finished... my Desktop was empty! Not only that, when I browsed to the Desktop folder, everything appeared to be gone. I save a lot of work to my ...
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Can you COMPLETELY disable desktop switching animation on macOS?

I reduced animation and transition in macOS but not completely disabled As some people already discussed, one can "reduce motion" in accessibility settings, use defaults write to "...
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Missing .DS_Store file (Macbook Pro 2016 running Monterey)

I had entered Time Machine just to check when my earliest backup had taken place (did not restore anything). When I came out of Time Machine, I found all my desktop files completely rearranged, which ...
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Mission control keyboard shortcuts: add more desktops

I've been using i3 window manager on my linux laptop. It's great and I am used to keyboard shortcuts to move to a specific desktop. On MacOS I have been able to replicate this for the first 3 desktops ...
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Seamlessly change all desktop spaces' wallpaper on Mac without killall Dock

I would like to change the wallpaper on ALL desktops including spaces on Mac but without needing to call killall Dock each minute. (Dock restarting forces wallpaper refresh). I have an AppleScript ...
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Big Sur desktop stacks: Newly added files replace the stack, instead of being added to it

When using stacks on your desktop, macOS will place all files added (copied or dropped) to the desktop into its appropriate stack, or create a new one if that is the first file of its kind. On my ...
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Monterey - Disable fading animation when switching between fullscreen windows

I am happy to see that, in Monterey, the "swiping animation" that happened when switching between fullscreen windows has disappeared. But now there is instead a fading animation, that ...
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"Quick note" hot corner not working

I have a hot corner turned on for quick note in lower right but nothing happens when I try it. Just installed Monterey yesterday. Is there something I might be missing?
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How can I prevent the Finder from jumping to Desktop1 after logout?

I have two displays on my macbook pro 15 (OSX 11.5.2). On display1 is desktop1 and on display2 is desktop2 + 3. I open finder on desktop2. But after logout and new login everytime finder is on ...
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Mutliple spaces/desktops: Disable switching to other spaces when opening an app?

Not sure if I explained it well but you know when you have multiple spaces, you will still see the opened app on that other space on the app drawer on the bottom. I hate how it makes my desktop ...
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Clicking clock opens notifications not clock settings

Today I noticed that clicking on the time/date in the top-right of my screen displays the notifications panel, instead of the date settings as it has the last 5-10 years. I used this as recently as ...
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Why is my Mac desktop slightly bigger than my monitor?

I find that my desktop is about a centimeter larger than my monitor. The menu bar is sometimes hidden on top, and I have to move my mouse to the top for to reveal. Dock sometimes disappears from the ...
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Is there a way to "toggle" between desktops on mac OS?

I know there are many ways to activate/modify keyboard shortcuts to switch between specific desktops, such as desktop 1, desktop 2, etc. However, I would like to figure out a way to just "toggle&...
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Can a Mac app set the desktop image?

Been googling this and can't find anything. Can an app set the Mac Desktop image? Like you create a fun cute image in the app, then it asks you 'Do you want to set this as your desktop image?' If you ...
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