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Hide Desktop Icons On Mac Os Using These Methods

Hide Desktop Icons On Mac Os Using These Methods

We have a little mess on our desktop with all the icons scattered away and we are quite lazy to rearrange them. Yesterday, I faced a situation where I got embarrassed with people judging my desktop window during presentations. I am quite lazy to rearrange all of it again and again so here we are with methods to quickly hide desktop icons on mac operating system.



Using the traditional method – 

The most simplest way to hide all the desktop icons is to drag and drop them in a folder. In this way you will have a cleaner desktop portrayed and you won’t feel embarrassed. No doubt it is one of the easiest ways to hide desktop icons on mac.

To hide desktop icons using Apps like HiddenME –

hide desktop icons on mac

HiddenMe is an app which you can download straight away from the apple app store. Once you have downloaded and installed it.

Look for the HiddenMe icon on the top of the toolbar of desktop. Right click on the toolbar and select “Hide Desktop Icons”.

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After doing this, you’ll find that the desktop is clean and this is quickest procedure compared to other methods.

Don’t worry, your desktop icons are not deleted, they are just hidden. In this method there is no drag and drop of each file. Simply click the hide desktop icons from menu and the icons are hidden which is pretty time saving in quick situations.

To view all the desktop icons, just right click on the HiddenMe toolbar and select “show desktop icons”. By doing this, all the icons will be visible on your desktop just as you left them.

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To hide icons using terminal on mac os – 

To hide icons using terminal window, just open a terminal window in your mac. Use spotlight finder to search for terminal if it is not readily accessible to you.

Once you open a terminal window, type the following command –

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false

Press the enter key and type the next command to complete the job –

killall Finder

Press the enter key and check your desktop, you’ll find that all the desktop icons are hidden. To make this command working, note that the ‘F’ in the finder is in uppercase or it will just throw an error.

To unhide desktop icons in mac use the following command –

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

Using this command all the desktop icons will be visible to you in the same fashion they were hidden.

You can prefer this method when you don’t want to install third party apps such as HiddenMe. This is no that time saving but does the work required.

You can also use the stack feature by apple but it really doesn’t hide the desktop icons. It just rearranges them in a stack and places it in the right corner of the window.

This will help you keep your desktop clean and tidy with all the icons but in a proper way.

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