I treat my desktop like any other directory on my computer and it is always a mess with icons and screen shots. This doesn’t really both me but when I am doing a demo or presentation I inevitably get a comment like, “man, ever clean that desktop?” To which I want to say, “no, do you ever clean your downloads folder?” So, obviously not everyone thinks of the desktop the same way I do. I guess we ould debate whether having a desktop is even useful, but why and who really has time for something like that.
So, with this little trick I can make my “desktop” look pretty for people viewing my computer, while still treating it as a temporary directory that I can access and use. Let’s do it!
First, open Terminal. Wait, don’t leave, it’s not bad all. Once you have Terminal open type:
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false
Hit enter and then type:
This will restart the finder and you are done. The files are no longer visible on the desktop but still in the desktop folder. To reverse this simply type:
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true
Here is a quick video that shows how this is done. I know there are other apps that do similar things for $5 but why?
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