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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How can I change my desktop background? I've tried everything with no luck

Here's a recording of what's going on: https://i.imgur.com/fBIt1rJ.mp4 This, as you can see, is not ideal. I've also tried it with my own images as well to no avail. I've tried just about every site ...
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Where does OSX store the Desktop layout configuration info?

Since early Mac versions, I have been able to rearrange the icons on my desktop. Until I use one of the "Cleanup" options, they can be in pretty much random positions, even overlapping each ...
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How do I toggle between the most recent app and Desktop while keeping them in the same space?

I am aware that I can hide an app with ⌘+H or minimise it with ⌘+M. However my use case involves frequent toggling between hiding the app (to view the desktop) and then viewing that app again. For ...
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Is it possible to track how much time I spend in each of the desktops in Mission Control

I would like to track work time vs. non-work time on my MacBook on a daily basis. I was thinking, maybe if I had one desktop for work and another desktop for non-work, I could more easily track that ...
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Desktop workspaces switch back and forth

I am using macOS Big Sur version 1.1 on MacPro i7. The problem seems to be with Preview Version 11.0 (1018.2), when on desktop2 I try making either: Export... File->Take screenshot-> from ...
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Protect a folder from access

The folders: desktop, documents, downloads, network volumes and more are protected by Catalina. Can I protect a folder in the same way as the one so that it is asked whether an application is allowed ...
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Application/window opening default location on desktop

Some applications have fixed locations on the Desktop where their windows open. For instance, Preview always opens a new image in the upper right corner of my right most Thunderbolt Display. Get Info ...
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How to set font size or location for wallpaper filename displayed on the desktop?

I'm using the command defaults write com.apple.dock desktop-picture-show-debug-text -bool TRUE;killall Dock to have the path of my current desktop picture displayed on the desktop. This works fine, ...
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Name: Tags: Where: image frozen on my Mac Air desktop

I took a screen shot using Command +5 and apparently tapped "Record Selected Section". That screen shot icon is frozen on my desktop. I have tried opening Terminal and typing: Killall ...
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Keyboard shortcut swap/move individual desktop spaces

I tend to just use one "Desktop" Desktop, then my other Desktops are full-screened apps. I frequently close & open Desktop spaces, like when I decide to open a new browser window. My ...
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Desktop background of second screen randomly changing

For some reasons the background of my second screen keeps changing. I set it to a colour of my liking but once I unplug and plug the screen back in, the colour gets replaced by a picture. Anyone else ...
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iOS App Store Connect Sales and Trends show “Desktop” users

We recently noticed, through our App Store Connect Sales and Trends page, that our iOS app has some confusing statistics. Our app shows that we have Desktop devices in our metrics. Although iOS apps ...
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Desktop icons font size limit (macOS Big Sur)

Is there a way to bypass the system setting and set smaller font than 10pt for the desktop icons. Usually the adjustable range is fine for me, but using external monitor with low resolution makes the ...
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after the big sur update, my desktop is empty

i went to the users folder in finder and saw that i couldnt even acces my desktop via that way does anyone know how to fix this issue?
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Is there a way to automate the movement of application windows to assigned monitors? [duplicate]

So I have a new set up: 2 large screens (top left and top right), my macbook pro (centre), and my ipad (left). I'm a coder, I like to have my coding environment in the centre, with research on the top ...
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Open rdp:// Link from Browser in Microsoft Remote Desktop

I was wondering if there's any chance to open rdp://host.ip.address links from my browser (Safari, Firefox, ..) in Microsoft Remote Desktop (MacOS Version)? Is there any script or command something ...
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Is there a way or an app for getting a specific window layout across different monitors with ease?

I like to have my apple calendar and asana visible at all times in specific areas of my screens. However, oftentimes when I turn off your my mac or when I loose myself into whatever I'm doing I tend ...
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Multiple desktops break in weird way when plugged into monitor

I have spent a lot of time searching for answers to this problem but I have not found anything. I have an LG UltraFine 5K Display and a 2016 MacBook Pro running Catalina 10.15.7. The monitor is ...
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Search.StartNow.com Homepage Removal [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me How can I remove search.startnow Homepage from browser. It is quite irritating. Need permanent solution. Thanks in advance.
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Why does Citrix CAG (RDP across monitors) take up multiple Spaces?

I used to have just my iMac and I used Spaces to have different apps on different desktops (i.e. Mail on desktop1, iTunes on desktop2, Chrome on desktop3). I've recently attached another monitor to my ...
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Run the macOS desktop environment on Linux [closed]

As I know, macOS is using Darwin kernel and Darwin is a distribution of BSD. So macOS is in the UNIX family and can run most Linux / BSD / Solaris software on it. Maybe there is a way to install ...
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Desktop icon for mounted NAS volume changes location and it annoys me

Question relates to the desktop icon for a mounted networked drive. MacOS 10.14.6 - Seagate NAS SMB - Computer stays on and is set to never sleep. Airport Extreme. I mount the drive/volume and I get ...
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In Mission Control, is there a way to set-off desktops, to distinctly differentiate them?

I regularly have 5 to 8 desktops open. Until recently, I've been using them for apps that are visually distinct, so in Mission Control I could tell which desktop had which apps and documents simply by ...
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Unable to update desktop background

I currently have an issue changing the background image on my Mac. Every time I open up the preferences it shows this question mark, no matter what I select as an image, (my own, a pre installed, ...
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I can't change my desktop background-image for my macbook air

I'm trying to change the background-image from my MacBook Air background, but it won't change it. I try to click on the image I want from my pictures and it makes it seem like it worked but then it ...
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Weird files on my Desktop after installing programs

My "problem" is resolved, but I still want to know what this was, as I am new to Mac OS. After Installing a few programs, I had weird files/folders with what looked like a hard drive icon ...
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Mysterious bar appears on top of desktop

I have recently been seeing everything I type in my Safari search bar appear in a narrow bar on top of my desktop. You can see an example below: What is the cause and how to fix it.
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Why is stacks appearing on my desktop with no files?

Why is Stacks appearing on my desktop with no files? Disclaimer So I'd just like to make clear that this issue isn't bothering me in any way, but I am simply curious as to whether this is a glitch ...
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How to change the order of the virtual desktops

Is it possible to change the order of the desktop assigned to each monitor? It used to be setup so that they where all in sequence, 1 (laptop), 2, 3 however after working in a remote location for a ...
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Is there a way to have Stickies (or an equivalent) on the Desktop in Catalina?

I'd like to be able to Show Desktop (via Mission Control) and have access to notes. It seems Stickies can float on top of everything, but otherwise are treated as normal windows. Is there a way to ...
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how to run stickies ONLY on desktop space 1

I enjoy using Stickies on Desktop 1. However, when I switch to Desktop 2 I'd like to have no screen clutter whatsoever. I can't find a right click option that allows me to Open stickies only on ...
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What could cause windows to “swap” desktops? [duplicate]

I recently migrated to a new 2019 MacBookPro, 16" ... running 10.15.6 ... now I notice something I have never seen with my old Mac with the 3 desktops I am using: Desktop 1 takes terminals, IDE, ...
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Is there an app I can use to automatically track screen time for each desktop on my MacBook? [duplicate]

I usually forget to start/stop time trackers when I'm working on different projects and tasks. So I think it would be better if there is an app that can automatically track my screen time on each ...
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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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