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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Dual screens: one monitor switches to desktop, window appears on other monitor

My computer is behaving oddly and I would like to know if someone else has this issue too (if so, it's a bug) or that I am the only one (in which case there is probably a quick solution). Let's say I ...
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Cannot drag entire Desktop to an extended monitor on Mojave

I have several application windows open in one of the desktops on my MackBook Pro (late 2016) running Mojave 10.14, and my work requires me to use extended monitors. Whenever I wanted to move a ...
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Remove animation/delay on Command+Tab

When switching to a full-screen app on a different space there is a noticeable delay (and jerkiness) with the animation during which further presses of ⌘+Tab have no effect. This continues for a ...
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Pinning desktops to monitors in 10.9

Is there a way to pin desktops to monitors like you can pin app windows to desktops? Specifically my problem is I use a macbook and plug and unplug my external monitor a few times a day. Rearranging ...
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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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Desktop images out of order since updating to High Sierra

I Just updated to High Sierra. I have a folder with file names like desktop-0001.jpg, desktop-0002.jpg, and so on that is used to change my desktop image every minute. In System Prefs the image order ...
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Can't enable iCloud Desktop Documents Sync in Sierra

Every time I try to enable iCloud Desktop and Documents Sync it spins the spinner for a while and it looks like the setting is enabled, but as soon as I reopen settings it is deselected. Console ...
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Is there a way for AppleScript to detect when a Desktop is switched?

When I switch desktops, I want to have a way to remind me of the purpose of that desktop. I'm thinking of using AppleScript to detect when I switch desktops, and show a pop up of sorts. Desktops / ...
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Second screen mirror one desktop

While I am using multiple desktops on my Mac, I would like to mirror one of these desktops on a second monitor. This monitor would keep mirroring this desktop while I could switch between all of my ...
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Split screen divider stuck on Desktop, not actually dividing any windows, distracting - how to remove?

How can the split screen divider be removed, please? When not using a Desktop workspace/area, I can see the vertical divider over the Desktop, but this isn't serving any purpose and is therefore ...
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Items saved to Desktop do not show on Desktop

I use Safari and Chrome to download files and set the Desktop as the download folder. Each time I download something it does not appear on the Desktop. But if I relaunch Finder then it will appear on ...
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Avoid re-ordering of windows when changing desktops/spaces

I use 4 desktops and have enabled Assign to All Desktops for several apps. When changing from one desktop to another, any of these "all desktops" apps that were on top get sent to the back. Can this ...
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Switch between last accessed mission control workspace with key

Back when I used Linux I had a window manager similar to the macOS window manager, which had the same concept of different workspaces/desktops. It had a very useful additional feature, that you could ...
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How can I hide everything (including desktop icons) when I resume from sleep mode?

Sometimes I need a "scratchpad" for creative ideas... and I reach for a pen and paper because I know that The paper is blank There are no notifications, sounds, or bouncing icons I have an intention, ...
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Drag a file from desktop into expanded Dock Folder stack?

I was cleaning up my desktop today and wanted to move a file from desktop to the a sub-folder of a Dock Folder, set to "Stack" mode. I can drag the file onto the Dock, but it expands in a boring, not ...
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Sort Desktop icons by reverse of “Date Created”?

I want my oldest folders to be at the top and my newest ones to be at the bottom. Sorting my Desktop by "Date Created" does the opposite of this, but how do I flip it? I'm on macOS Sierra and have ...
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Show “open application indicator” only for applications active in current desktop

Short version: As I have written in the title, I want to see the "open application indicator" only below the applications that are open in the active desktop. Is this possible? Long version: I had ...
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Change desktop of another display

So CTRL+left/right switches the desktop for the display where my mouse pointer is, is there a way to do that for another display without having to move the pointer over?
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Desktop files and folders always moving

In OSX 10.9.5 my desktop folders re-arrange when a new window is opened. I have "sort by" off. I can arrange my folders and then when I open a new window (not every time) all of the folders will ...
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Is there a way to share only ONE desktop in Mavericks?

I've recently started to work with multi-desktops and multi-screens environment. What I'm trying to do is: Working on my Mavericks (MBA) as the main computer with Desktop #1 in front. Use an external ...
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OSX 10.9.1 - App windows restoring to wrong desktop

I have three desktops (plus dashboard) set up with Mission Control, with certain apps assigned to each desktop. If I minimise a window with Cmd+M in one desktop, then whilst focussed on another ...
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Desktop Icons and Windows moved to odd spots after sleeping

Symptom: Upon waking up, sometimes the Mac jams all of my icons into one corner, and throws some windows almost completely off the screen or makes them really small. This happens frequently often on ...
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How to hide desktop icons on a single desktop

I'm a big fan of multiple desktop spaces on OS X 10.7 (see image). I'm wondering if you can hide desktop icons on just one of the 4 spaces I have setup. Is that possible?
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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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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 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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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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A vertical line on the right hand side of the window after changing desktops

When I navigate from left desktop window to right desktop window, a vertical line start appearing on the right hand side of the desktop. It only happens when navigating from left to right and if there ...
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Does macOS render desktops other than the current one?

I'm curious if there's a performance/battery effect of using multiple desktops with full screen apps. On Windows (as far as I know) an application that is in true full screen prevents the desktop from ...
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Iterm2 Window goes to back when switching desktops

When a non-fullscreen iterm window is opened and the desktop is switched, the iterm window goes to the back, behind any open windows in the screen. Is there a way to keep the iterm window on top when ...
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Finder is not saving my changes at Desktop (i.e Arrangements)

Less than a week ago, I just upgraded my MacBook Pro (Early 2015) to macOS 10.13.1. I am not sure if the problem was caused by this. Everything was fine, nothing went wrong during the installation, ...
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Renamed Desktop folder and all files disapeared

I was using the program Lightroom and I tried to rename the Desktop folder to DESKTOP but when I clicked enter, it said "This folder can not be changed." I clicked "ok" and then all the files in my ...
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Why doesn't cmd+tab bring non-fullscreen applications into focus when I'm on a fullsceen virtual desktop?

I use my laptop screen, two external screens, and a total of about 5 or 6 virtual desktops at any given time (usually full-screen applications). I've noticed that I can't cmd+tab to an application ...
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Can new files created in ~/Desktop be made to appear on a monitor other than the Main Display?

I have two monitors. The left one is designated as the Main Display (in System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement, it has the little white menu bar dragged onto it). I'm happy with the left ...
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Mission Control to pin different Firefox applications to different desktops

Using Mission Control I create 2 Desktops. If I create 2 different Firefox launcher files (Firefox1.app and Firefox2.app), I want to pin one Firefox1.app to Desktop-1 and Firefox2.app to Desktop-2. So ...
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Is it possible to defer messages in OS X mail.app till later?

I want to hide messages until I can act on them. Outlook for iOS has an option of removing messages from inbox and moving them back at a specified time. Basically if a new message comes in, I need to ...
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Make windows stay in desktop area

When I move any Finder or application window on the screen, they won't pass the upper desktop border. When I move them to the left, to the right, or to the desktop bottom, they are pushed outside of ...
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Enabling icon previews for custom text files

I have files .mdown which I'd like to have icon previews for in the Finder, like normal .txt files would. Is that possible?
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10.10.4; get current wallpaper location

When wallpaper settings are set to change every hour (or whatever time period) and is set to random order, it appears to be impossible to report the get, as a string, the location of the current ...
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Mavericks Download Icon Error

I just upgraded to OSX Mavericks and now when I try to download something the icon that shows a loading bar while it's downloading doesn't change back to normal after it's done: I'm using the most ...
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OSX changing backgrounds- iphoto folder doesn't update

I have the background image on my OSX desktop set to change every x minutes- it chooses a random image within a specific iPhoto album. However, when I remove photos from that iPhoto album, the ...
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How can I prevent a popup from opening in another desktop?

I'm using a Macbook Air with an external monitor (I finally converted from Windows, don't know what took me soo long ;-) ). When I have a Chrome browser window open in the external monitor and click ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Fullscreen spaces insist on always opening new windows on the desktop furthest away (desktop 1)

I currently have these spaces: [Desktop 1] [Eight other spaces including three desktops] [Fullscreen browser] ...and started noticing that even when I'm in the Fullscreen Browser space and I open ...