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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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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How to stop Mission Control from rearranging screens? [duplicate]

If I have arranged Finder to the left of the desktop and Slack to the right, and have Sketch further to the right, there's a reason for that. It's an organization strategy to make my work easier and ...
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Folder icon splits into two on desktop

When I change desktops using trackpad swipe, the games folder on my desktop freaks out and glitches, I don't know how it happened and it has just started today. My MacBook is running Mojave. See the ...
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MacOS Mojave: Can not make changing background wallpaper

Opening "SystemPreferences", then "Desktop & Screen Saver", and then the "Desktop" tab: I would like to add my own folder holding pictures to display as a background, and to change these pictures ...
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Is it possible to replicate the Windows 7 'show desktop' behaviour in Mac?

I'm fairly new to Mac. In Windows 7 I can easily show the desktop by clicking at the far right bottom corner of the Windows Task Bar. I would like to do the same thing in macOS. Is it possible for ...
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Remove the default desktop space on a second monitor?

I only want a desktop space on my primary monitor (Macbook Pro), with only full screen apps used on my second monitor. Is there any way to disable the desktop space completely on a second monitor?
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How can I use the desktop version of Google translate on my iPhone?

The desktop version of Google Translate has features that are not available when using the App on an iPhone (e.g., the phrasebook). I’ve tried to use these features by accessing the desktop version ...
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Desktop items disappear from screen and finder solely due to second monitor

I have a second monitor. When I connect the monitor to my Mac Pro by HDMI the desktop items automatically disappear. The strange thing is that they don't just disappear from the actual desktop but ...
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How to make macOS cmd+tab switch desktops when app is on a different desktop

Say I have ProgramA running in desktop space 1, and ProgramB running in desktop 2. If I am currently on space 1, and cmd+tab to select ProgramB, then I still stay on space 1 even though there is no ...
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How to prevent macOS from putting icons on some areas of the desktop?

I have a 49" 5120x1440 ultrawide monitor with some windows always open on the sides and I don't want any kind of item hidden behind them (for example, mounted external drive, downloaded/copied file, ...
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Stop moving desktop with multiple Chrome windows

I recently have really annoying issue with Chrome. I am using Mac OSX 10.14.5 Mojave with Chrome version 75.0.3770.142 Here is the issue. I have two Chrome windows and I put each window to each ...
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Is it possible to make an application’s window smaller than intended?

I’ve always had issues with some application windows in macOS where I can’t make them smaller than a certain amount. Audio Midi Setup is the perfect example of this. If you look at the image posted, ...
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where did this 2nd desktop come from, how to I move an open window back to the original?

I was deep into answering another SE question and without realizing it I sent my browser (chrome) to the corn field a second desktop. I'm trying to read an equation in an SE question and type it into ...
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Switch to another desktop faster on macos high sierra

On a macbook with macos high sierra, how do I switch between desktops faster by sliding 3 fingers across the touch pad? Currently it takes ~1 second to switch to another screen. It does not matter if ...
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Keep focus on multiple desktops

I am a new macbook user. I have switched from windows pc recently. Currently I own a macbook pro 15.4 2018 edition. I am using it along with my 32 inch monitor. A silly problem i have facing is that ...
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Why did some screen shots randomly appear on my desktop?

I have many screenshots inside of folders on my desktop. Just now when I got onto my MacBook Pro, I found that many of these screenshots were outside of their folders (some were duplicates). I ran ...
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Show “Activity Monitor” in every “Desktop”

I find much joy in monitoring my Apple computer's fan roll through monitoring CPU use. However, I don't know how to make multiple "Activity Monitor" windows, each for one of my "Desktop"s. I ...
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macOS: Navigating between desktops using keyboard shortcuts

I've just moved to Mac from Linux. There I used to have a fixed number of desktops running full-screen apps. I've managed to configure it on Mac, but yet can not find the way to assign shortcuts to ...
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What could cause iCloud Drive to refuse to sync Desktop & Documents?

After a sort of manual system restore in which I copied my ~/Library/ from my now-dead 2017 MacBook Pro's BackBlaze to a 2019 MacBook Pro, pretty much all my software has nicely restored its settings, ...
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How to force preview to open window in current desktop

I am facing a super stupid problem which is completely killing my productivity. I have my laptop attached to an external monitor. Desktop 1 is on the laptop and desktop 2 is on the external screen. ...
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Mirror a specific desktop

I have a MacBook and I’m using the latest High Sierra with 2 displays total, my MacBook and the projector. But I only want one (or specific) desktop(s) to be mirrored to the projector an external ...
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Do you need the username and password to remotely manage all admins via ARD?

Or do you only need the username and password of one admin? I share a computer and we are both admins, but I am worried that the other admin could access my files via Apple Remote Desktop. Is that the ...
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Can the document desktop stacks be split for a specific file extension?

I have documents I would like to have stacked on my desktop. Specifically, to group all files with a particular extension all together using Mojave's new Stacks feature. Is there a way to register ...
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How to mirror files on all desktops when running in extended desktop mode

I want to mirror files/shortcuts on all desktops/screens when running in extended desktop mode. I don't want to manually copy them and I also don't want to mirror my displays. Is there any way to do ...
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Desktop shows only background image – how to return to default behavior?

I have an iMac running macOS High Sierra. Recently I setup my system so that my Desktop does not show the connected drives and doesn't show anything on my Desktop. My desktop is completely clean. I ...
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Unique wallpaper for desktop and lock screen

I recently got a macbook pro 2018 and was trying to change the wallpapers. I would like to be able to set a different wallpaper for my desktop and lockscreen. Googling around, I managed to change my ...
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Change / correct desktop to display mapping

I have a Mac Book laptop with Mojave. I use two desks (in different location) each having two Dell monitors that I connect via display port to the laptop. It works well, however when I switch ...
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Apple Books app and multiple desktops: How to stop app window to show on all desktops?

I am running macOS Mojave 10.14.4 with Books.app version 1.18. I use multiple desktops. When I open the Books app on one desktop, and then switch to another desktop, the Books app window shows on ...
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No previews for Desktop files on Mojave [duplicate]

Here is what it looks like (two regular png images which previews were working fine before I upgraded to Mojave). Third one is a folder with custom picture and it was like that on High Sierra too. ...
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How can I stop my mac from switching desktops when I receive a phone call

When my phone rings the phone call shows up on my mac, which is great except that it also switches my display from the full-screen application to the main desktop screen. Since the FaceTime popup is ...
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Why does everything on my Desktop show up on all my desktops?

I have multiple desktops defined, which I use for different projects. How come everything I save to my Desktop when I'm working in, say, Desktop 1 shows up on all my desktops? Maybe I don't properly ...
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icloud documents and desktop is empty on mac os high sierra won’t sync with what is online

I had to install new hard drive could not transfer files from old drive. Started new hard drive as a new Mac. Signed in Enabled iCloud Drive, and checked iCloud Drive desktop and documents option but ...
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How do I use terminal to change the desktop wallpaper folder and enable “change picture every minute” plus “random order”

I have wallpaper folders called Day and Night, and I am working on a script that will toggle dark mode and change the wallpaper folder accordingly. However, I can't figure out how to programatically ...
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Active desktop on secondary monitor is lost after wakes up

I am using a Macbook Pro with a second monitor (connected through VGA via Thunderbolt adapter). Whenever I wakes up my Mac from sleep mode, the second monitor is showing « Desktop 1 », no matter what ...
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How to operate an iPad from a Mac or Windows PC?

I have a setup in office where on a desk is a fixed iPad on a stand. On the same desk, I have a Windows PC or iMac. Customer is looking at iPad. I am the desktop user and I want to control the iPad ...