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 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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What is this blue half on my screen?

In the midst of plugging in my monitor and three-finger swiping up to move Chrome to the second desktop I got this. I couldn't access my top bar (with the time and battery) and if I clicked the side ...
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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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Show/Hide only specific hard drives on desktop and/or sidebar

Is it possible to show only specific hard drives on the desktop? I have a MacPro tower (3,1) with 3 drives. The boot drive is running El Cap, but there is a legacy boot drive that I would like to ...
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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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How can I Hide Desktop Icons on Mojave?

The following commands used to work to hide the desktop items. In Mojave, it just refreshes the dock and everything remains. Is there another way to do this? defaults write com.apple.finder ...
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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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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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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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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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Unhide desktop icons

I recently had tried to make some hidden desktop icons on my desktop following the instructions found here. I am on Mac OS X Mountain Lion. I ended up somehow making every file a hidden file. The ...
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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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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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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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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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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 does OS X store your current desktop picture?

Where does OS X store your current desktop picture? I read somewhere else that it was in /Library/Caches/com.apple.Desktop. But I don't have that directory.
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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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How to retrieve windows that have moved 'off-screen'

I have this problem sometimes with my dual-screen setup, especially when I'm juggling lots of things around. Occasionally I seem to be able to move a window entirely off-screen (I'm not quite sure ...
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How to make Web Apps appear as First-Class Mac Desktop Citizens

I keep ending up with a myriad of open tabs in Chrome. It is a pain to switch between them compared to switching between regular mac apps. So I would like be able to pin them to the task bar ...
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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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Saved files not showing immediately on Desktop [closed]

Often, I like to save files (screenshots, text files, etc) temporarily to the Desktop. This was no problem with previous versions of OS X, but since updating to Yosemite, I have to relaunch the ...
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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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Desktop Screen saver cannot be changed

When I go into the Settings and have the option to pick a new screensaver, it will not actually save my preference. When I change the screensaver I can see it is changed in the mini-preview, but it ...
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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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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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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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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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Positioning desktop icons on the left instead of right

Any way to automatically make alias or icons to show up on the left side of apple desktop. By default they go to the right.
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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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Cannot delete Desktop and Documents folder from iCloud Drive after accidentally enabling their storage on iCloud

While upgrading to macOS Sierra I accidentally enabled storage of my Desktop & Documents Folders in iCloud. I quickly reversed that by disabling the option, then moving my files back to their ...
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With 16-GB of memory, what is a reasonable limit to the number of open desktops?

I don't know what resources are used by adding desktops, but I am certain it is a bigger deal than adding new browser tabs. I've used 8 desktops (across 2 monitors) for awhile. Adding a few more might ...
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Saving OS X Spaces/Desktops

For how I use my laptop, it would be extremely helpful to be able to use Spaces/Desktops in OS X to break up different projects. One project may have a couple of websites/URLs, a pdf and a spreadsheet....
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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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Thumbnails for Image Files on Desktop won't load

I have a dozen or so image files on my iMac's desktop. Most of the time, after booting up my computer, it displays a thumbnail of each image (as it should). But sometimes, the thumbnails won't show ...
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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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macOS Mojave stacks not grouping by type

I have updated my MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017) with macOS Mojave and everything is woking as per the need. But I think new feature of macOS Mojave called Stacks is not working properly on my MacBook ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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 ...