How to get rid of the clutter on your Mac’s Desktop

Clean desktop

If you have a Desktop cluttered with icons and wish to temporarily hide them from view, you can do so with a Terminal command.

To hide Desktop icons use:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false && killall Finder

To redisplay Desktop icons use:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true && killall Finder

If you prefer not to mess around with the Terminal, there are apps that can accomplish the same thing. The most popular one that I am aware of is called Camouflage by Bricksoftware. Camouflage sits in your menu bar and is easily accessible when you want hide your desktop icons. You can also configure a HotKey to show and hide your icons.

Camouflage is available in the App store for $5.99.

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In yesterday’s post, I talked about how using MultiMarkdown can help speed up your workflow, especially when writing for the Web. To make using Markdown even easier, Brett Terpstra (developer of the popular Overcast podcasting app) has created a set of services that you can implement in your workflow. Each of them is preceded by […]

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