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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 Dell monitor connected to Mac Air go into a "deep" sleep?

I am using a MacBook Air (M1) which is connected to a Dell monitor via [Monitor]VGA -> [Laptop]USBC in "extension mode" (non-mirroring mode). If I don't use the monitor for some time, it ...
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Desktop > Clean Up By > Size : The resulting arrangement makes no sense. Am I missing something?

If I run the action: Desktop > Clean Up By > Size : The resulting arrangement makes no discernible sense. Am I missing something? I have had this problem persist through many macOS updates. I do ...
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How to prevent a Mac from switching Desktops/Spaces around monitors/displays

I have a Macbook Pro, with Sonoma, and a set up with 3 monitors: Left: laptop monitor as Extended display Middle: central monitor as Main monitor Right: right monitor as Extended display All ...
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'Always on top' window on macOS Ventura [duplicate]

I need some way to place any chosen window to always be on top. For example, when I use TextEdit I sometimes need to write something from Google and I have to split the screen or click to open ...
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Using automator to remove empty spaces / desktops automatically?

I use Yabai for window management, and so I'm frequently opening new windows and sending them to new desktops. But as I close windows, this means that I end up with a large number of desktops with no ...
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Black and empty desktop when switching between applications

I have a very weird bug on my professional MacBook Pro (I never encountered this bug on my other personal Mac Mini or other MacBook Pro M1). Sometimes, When I switch from one application to another ...
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Desktops move to wrong displays upon wake

I'm running Sonoma with 2 external displays, one via HDMI, and one via USB-C. The USB-C display has 3 virtual desktops, and the HDMI one a single virtual desktop. The vast majority of the time (every ...
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macOS Sonoma widgets transparency issues

I'm having an issue where widgets don't preserve transparency when switching between virtual desktops. Here's what it looks like after swapping virtual desktops: Here it's displayed correctly after ...
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Quit Application on pressing Close

Essentially, I'm trying to find a way to make the red Close button do the equivalent of Cmd+Q, consistently (think; Windows/Linux close buttons). A previous question asked the same question, ...
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Unable to share iCloud storage upgrade with family members

I have used iCloud on my Mac to store my Desktop and Documents folders for years. I have an extra terabyte of iCloud storage that I'm not using, so I'd like to let a family member use it. I have ...
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How to open new Terminal windows directly on active Desktop [not on Desktop with other terminal windows]

Steps to reproduce: Make sure Terminal is not running Open a first Terminal window on Desktop1 Switch to Desktop 2 Open a new Terminal window using your favorite way Observations: The new terminal ...
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Update to macOS Sonoma completely rearranges Desktop

Upon updating to macOS Sonoma all my contents on the desktop have been put into a "Desktop - iMac" folder and is now also being uploaded to iCloud (which is also full now, because my desktop ...
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App assigned to one desktop stays behind apps assigned to all desktops

In macOS 14.0 "Sonoma" [EDIT: now also on 14.1], the following buggy behavior keeps returning at random times. Situation: I have assigned certain apps to a single Desktop (that is, to one ...
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Shortcut to escape from "Space" to main screen

Using terminology from Work in multiple spaces on Mac, spaces are additional desktops. Let's say I have five spaces open and I am on the right-most one. Is there a shortcut I can use to go to the left-...
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Enable/Disable Sonoma desktop widgets from command line

I'd like to make a shortcut to quickly hide/show widgets on the desktop e.g. for when I'm sharing my screen. I was able to figure out that the checkboxes in Settings are linked to the "defaults&...
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Icons at desktop visible after removed

I had quite a few elements in my "Desktop" folder, so I cleaned it. Yet they are still visible. My "Desktop" folder is empty, yet my desktop still looks messy like this: I see ...
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Dragging an app window to edge doesn't go to next desktop

MacBook Pro. The built-in display has two desktops and I also have connected to an external monitor with one desktop. Dragging between monitors works as expected. The external monitor is "above&...
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Force MS Teams to behave as expected

When clicking on an open application in the dock, the desktop on which it has an open window is switched to. This works for any application, including Microsoft applications, except MS Teams, and it's ...
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macOS Sonoma: magnetic effect on windows has disappeared

I have noticed that the magnetic effect between windows in macOS Sonoma has disappeared. This was an easy way to precisely arrange windows and "glue" them together on the desktop. Does ...
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How do I configure the Mac so that I can switch between two desktops/spaces from which the first one is always shown on an external screen?

For presentation I would like to show Firefox and VSCode on an external screen. But sometimes I would like to do something on the Laptop withot showing it on the external screen, but leave that with ...
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Is there an app I can use to track screen time for each desktop on my MacBook? [duplicate]

In general I work on a specific desktop and I do other stuff on the other ones. So I would like to track the screen time of that specific desktop in order to know for how long I have been working. How ...
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Is it possible to prevent some icons/applications from jumping of the Dock?

some applications are annoying and sometimes "jump" event it isn't really necessary. Example: Would it be possible to prevent this?
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Issue with Spaces, Desktops reassign themselves

I have a MacBook Pro running macOS Ventura 13.3.1 (a) (22E772610a). I use three Desktops like in the picture above and they are numbered 1-3. I have assigned various apps to either of these Desktops. ...
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How do I prevent my other monitors from going black when I maximize a window?

I just upgraded my system to Ventura from Monterrey and I'm running into an annoying issue with how it handles multiple desktops. Whenever I maximize a window in one of my three monitors, the other ...
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How do I disable Private Access Tokens in Safari Desktop?

On iOS 16, I disable Private Access Token (PAT) in Settings > Apple ID > Password & Security > Automatic Verification. How do I achieve this for Safari Desktop? On macOS Ventura 13.5 (...
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Stop showing path to desktop picture on desktop [duplicate]

In an effort to locate where the currently displayed desktop picture is stored, I found and ran a terminal command that now displays the desktop picture’s location path across the center of my screen ...
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Key pressing is not perfectly working in remote desktop

I'm currently using RCdesktop Application on my iPad to access my desktop. My desktop is based on Windows where everything works fine. But repeatedly pressing the button input is recognized as a ...
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Shortcut for switching to workspace 2 not working

I have four desktops named "Desktop 1-4". My keyboard shortcuts for "Switch to Desktop 1,2,3,4" are CMD+a,s,d,f respectively. Sometimes CMD+s will stop working, and no longer ...
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Mac OS X - Ventura - App Running, but it is not visible in any desktop

I am running Mac OS X Ventura 13.4.1. Recently when I began to use an app, I could not find it any desktop, despite the icon appearing in the dock, and the app menu appearing on top left hand corner ...
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After update to MacOS Big Sur 11.7.7 desktop aliases fail to open the original folders

After the upgrade to BigSur 11.7.7. all of the folder aliases on my desktop fail to open the original folders in Finder. Similar bug to the one reported in "MacOS 11.4 Big Sur has issues with ...
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other window show first when switch desktop

When switching desktop with four finger sliding, it seems windows that are assigned to all desktop appear first for a second and then shows the last focused window. Is it possible to skip the showing ...
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macOS icon suddenly appeared on desktop and can't remove (Ventura)

See attached photo. The macOS volume has appeared as an icon on my desktop. I can't seem to remove it, and wonder why it has appeared. It doesn't appear to be an alias/shortcut. If I go into finder ...
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Desktop appears empty, files don't appear on the Desktop

My Desktop appears empty. All the files appear "missing". But I have not moved or deleted them. When I type in Terminal this command: ls -al ~/Desktop I see that all the files are present, ...
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Window assigned to no desktop moves across desktops when focused on Ventura

When a window is not assigned to any desktop (Dock icon -> Options -> Assign To: None), when switching desktops using the trackpad, it may sometimes move the window to the newly selected desktop....
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Windows Assigned to All Desktops Flash When Switching Between Desktops on macOS Ventura

On macOS Ventura, when switching between desktops using either the trackpad or the control+arrow shortcut, there is a delay of approximately 1 second before the window on the new desktop takes focus. ...
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Clicking dock item jumps to wrong desktop

I have multiple applications in full screen. I have one empty desktop. When I click an dock icon to jump to the corresponding full screen application. It always jumps to the empty desktop instead. ...
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Double click on desktop doesn't work with documents - only folders and apps?

Context: I've recently had my machine pretty much destroyed by the Dropbox upgrade. After a lot of work I managed to get everything back and working (with the older version of Dropbox). The only thing ...
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macOS: backupd creates hidden empty folder on desktop

I noticed a hidden empty folder on my desktop, .J5NASODWVY73, created and last opened 2012-03-16. I have full permissions and I can trash it, but after every restart / reboot, the folder reappears, ...
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Mouse Keys is enabled on '789uiojkl' and numpad

I ordered this keyboard for my Mac desktop. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B071ZZTNBM As you can see, it has a numpad on the far right, just like my old one. When I enable mouse keys (I like to use the ...
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How can apply Ubuntu's ALT-TAB behavior to macOS?

I think Ubuntu's current approach to desktop window management is more efficient than macOS's. For example, if we have 4 different workspace areas (a.k.a. Desktop in macOS world), when you do ^ Option+...
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What happened? Why can't I dock the window on the side to switch the desktop?

In the past months, I can hold a app window on the left or right side of screen for some seconds to switch to nearby desktop. However, it started not to work these days. What is the reason?
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How can I assign an app to a particular numbered desktop, not display, in macOS Ventura?

I am using Ventura and using an external monitor as my main display and built-in screen as extended display. I have added multiple desktops on both displays. I cannot figure out how I can assign an ...
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Caffeinated Mac [duplicate]

I've just moved to a new M1 Mac Mini. I'm used to keep my Mac on for months, just leaving it in sleep mode when not in use. I've just realised that this new Mac never really sleeps! It keep waking up ...
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PDF icon after unzipping changes

I was recently sent a PDF file obtained by scanning some paper sheets with the software CamScanner (File.pdf). I noticed that the top right corner of the Desktop icon was not fully bent and it looks ...
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Displaying file name of desktop wallpaper on desktop

I'm running Ventura (macOS 13.2) on an M1 MacBook Pro. I typically use five desktops (spaces). I have the desktop wallpaper on each to randomly change from a specified folder every hour. Everything ...
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Macbook opens desktop instead of opening the app that I clicked in the dock

When I have some full screen apps in the dock and I try to open one of them (by clicking at it in the Dock) my Macbook sometimes (it happens randomly) opens desktop instead of the app I need. So I ...
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How to manage all the virtual desktops (spaces) with AppleScript

I wrote a piece of Applescript that changes the wallpaper on macOS. I usually have multiple virtual desktops (spaces) and I'd like to manage all of them. While it seems to be easy to control physical ...
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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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