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 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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Yosemite auto creates multiple desktops (spaces) on main monitor

Since upgrading to Yosemite I've been having issue with OS X creating additional desktops on my main monitor for no apparent reason. I usually have 3 different desktops setup on my main monitor and ...
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Hide files/icons on the desktop but not in finder

Not sure if something like this exists in OSX. I would like to display a cheatsheet on my desktop as a wallpaper and to make it visible at all times I would like to hide all the icons/files/folders ...
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Why does a .DS_Store file keep appearing on the desktop?

Every time I delete it from the desktop, I get the same file ".DS_store" created after some time. Is there a reason why this happens ? And can I permanently stop it from being created ?
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Is it a good practice to create a desktop shortcut on mac?

I have been installing some popular software for Mac and observed that installation packages do not create a desktop shortcut as they often do on windows. What is good practice to follow: Should I ...
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How do I change desktop background with a terminal command?

I trying to add to my OS X configuration script a command which sets the background to the plain dark grey, however, when applied, it only sets it to the main monitor and any additional monitors ...
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Can I create a Desktop Shortcut/Alias to a Folder from the Terminal?

I'd like to create a desktop shortcut to a specific folder, buried deep within ~/Library/. Library is Hidden by default in Lion, and I'd like to keep it that way, for a variety of reasons. Is there a ...
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How to move window to different desktop via keyboard in Lion?

In Snow Leopard, to move a window to a different space, I had to use the mouse to select the window and use the keyboard to select the target space (e.g., ctrl + 1,2,3). In Lion, what keyboard (maybe ...
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Why does my Mac's list of “Open with” applications start listing the apps twice and sometimes three times?

When I right-click on a file on my Mac OS desktop and then in the contextual menu, I move to the "Open with...", the list of potential applications to "open with" has applications listed multiple ...
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Where are Apple's default desktop images stored?

When I go to System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver, I see many images in folders such as "Desktop Pictures", "Nature", "Plants", etc. Where are these images located? I want to use them in ...
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How to view any folder as if it was desktop

There's a folder called "Desktop" in the home directory. By default, when there are no windows on the screen, the contents of "Desktop" are shown over the background. I'm wondering if there's a way to ...
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Can I change my OS X theme?

Some of my friends said that OS X sucks because you only have to choose one theme on every device that have OS X. I searched, but I didn't find any feasible solution just one little thing that cost ...
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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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What is the icon on the desktop after I install an application?

I am very very new to Mac. Here is my question: I have downloaded VLC player and then I clicked on the dmg file. I moved the VLC icon to Applications folder in the opening window. Now when I start ...
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Single desktop image for all desktops

I upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion. Afterward when I would set a Desktop picture (either through System Preferences or iPhoto) it was applied to all desktops. Yesterday I control clicked the ...
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How to change desktop wallpaper for all virtual desktops?

I have six virtual desktops and want to change a desktop wallpaper for all of them at once. There is no such option when using System Preferences, so I have to change a wallpaper only for one desktop ...
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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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Why are some icons sideways on my desktop?

On the current version of OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), I have an icon sideways on my desktop: Any idea why or what it signifies?
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Refresh OSX to get rid of stuck info tag [duplicate]

Every now and then I get an info tag stuck on my screen on top of all my applications. The only think I know that will remove it is restarting my computer. Is there an easier way to refresh OSX that ...
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Desktop image is not showing in Mountain Lion with dual monitor

I have a MBA connecting via HDMI to Samsung Monitor. Problem is desktop background for Samsung monitor is not showing. There is only grey desktop and doesn't have any changes even I try to change the ...
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Change color of desktop font (Yosemite)

Tinkertool took care of most of the too-small fonts (are any Apple designers over 40?), but the white text on my preferred light desktop is bad. Linux GTX has a rather tricky file to hand-edit to fix ...
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Disabling desktop switching animation on El Capitan

On Yosemite I used totalspaces to modify this behaviour as well as having a grid layout... I understand that totalspaces no longer works without doing some system modifications. The animation I wish ...
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Keep desktop icons as they are shortly after logging in

The following image shows two screenshots of my Mac's desktop whilst starting up. The first is a few seconds after starting, whilst the other one is a few seconds to shutdown. I prefer the icons on ...
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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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Mac OS X Mavericks keeps jumping to the first desktop [duplicate]

My screen (desktop/spaces) keeps jumping to the first "desktop". There are no running apps on that desktop (except finder). After the first few times this happened I pressed ⌘ Cmd-⌥ Opt-⎋ Esc and ...
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Hide .DS_Store and .localized from Desktop only without 3rd party app

There is an app called XtraFinder which does exactly that - it shows hidden files while it can still hide those two files from Desktop only. Is it possible to do something like that without ...
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Can you hide hidden files in specific folders (like the desktop) while keeping them shown everywhere else?

I work with hidden files all the time, but I like an uncluttered desktop. It would be nice to make files like .DS_Store, and .localized invisible just on the Desktop. Please note I am already aware ...
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How to modify app expose to show only open windows of current application on current desktop?

I have OS X 10.8.5. I typically have several windows of some applications open on more than one desktop. When using App Expose, it shows all of the open windows of the current application on all ...
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Automatically change OS X desktop background for all desktops + monitors?

Summary. Automation changes desktop background for all (virtual) desktops, but no all monitors. How to do it for all monitors? Details. This blog entry discusses how to automatically change ...
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OS X Yosemite desktop icon positioning problems

I just updated my MacBook Pro 13 inch mid 2012 model to OS X Yosemite, and the icons on my desktop are behaving strangely. When I try to move a file or folder to a specific place to keep my desktop ...
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Immobilise Desktops

I want to make my Desktops stay in an order that I want. I want to have my first 3 Desktops locked and others dynamic in example: I'm working on Desktop1. When an app is full screen the app is ...
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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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View Image Full Screen

On occasion I need to look at an image at fullscreen so it doesn't have anything else around it to distract me. Is there a way to do that? I can't seem to find a way to do it with preview.
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How To Remove iMessage Icon On Toolbar (MacBook Pro)

How would i remove this icon in my toolbar on my MacBook Pro? I have never really used it and would like to remove it from the toolbar. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
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Stop Desktops from Reordering [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do full-screen applications change their order in Mission Control? Say I'm on desktop 1 and a click an app in the dock for a window on desktop 3. It will reorder my ...
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How do I rename desktops in Mountain Lion?

It seems that Apple doesn't provide a way to rename desktops from the default "Desktop 1", etc. Renaming desktops would be great for my workflow. Does anyone know how to do this manually or with a ...
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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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Move desktop item to system tray (dock)?

Windows user switching over to Mac here. I have downloaded an application, the link to which is currently on my desktop. It is actually a *.app file, which I'm assuming is a shortcut to the file? I ...
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Can I keep the MacBook Pro Retina's power-cord plugged in at all time? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I disconnect my MacBook Pro’s power cord when the battery is fully charged? I'm wondering if it's reasonable to use a MacBook Pro Retina as a desktop replacement with ...
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Switching the desktop enviroment

Would it be possible to change the default environment to something like Cinnamon? Or to a window manager like openbox or awesomewm?
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How can I automaticly move every file on desktop to specific folder based on extension?

I'm looking for something, probably some kind of action script, that will at any time move everything that's on my desktop directly to a specific folder on my desktop, based on the extension. Just to ...
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Script for getting windows from beyond display border

I have a problem with my new monitor. Often when I unlock the screen, there are windows that are hanging beyond desktop border. It is quite irritating having to drag them back to the window centre ...
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High Sierra, how to set screensaver as desktop background?

Before I updated my OS I was able to set my current screen saver as my desktop background using this command found in this answer /System/Library/Frameworks/ScreenSaver.framework/Resources/...
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How do I show the hard drive on the desktop

My hard drive used to display on the desktop. It's gone missing, how do I get it back?
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How to show desktop files on both screens?

I have a dual monitor setup. Files in the desktop are shown on the first screen. Is there a way to have those files also appear (mirrored) on the second screen? I do not want screen mirroring, I just ...
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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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Alternatives to Geektool that make desktop content clickable?

Does anybody know of any alternatives to GeekTool that allow you to put content on your desktop sourced from shell scripts, files, etc but that makes the content interactive? A few use cases I would ...
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How do I find the current Mission Control space number from the command line?

Is there any way to determine the number of the currently active Mission Control space/desktop in Mac OS X Lion from the command line?
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count of desktops only returns 1

Any idea why the following script would only return 1, when I clearly have more than one Desktop open? tell application "System Events" set n to count of desktops display alert n end tell I ...
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Show Space/Desktop Number in Mac OS X Lion in Desktop Top Bar

In Snow Leopard, it was possible to display the space number in the top right corner of the status bar. How do you do that in Lion with Mission Control?