Hide All Desktop Icons in Mac OS X

A cluttered desktop can affect your productivity in many ways, but most importantly, it makes it harder to focus your current tasks. If you ever find yourself a situation where icons (app shortcuts, documents, and folders) are piling up over each other on your desktop but you are too busy to clean it up, here is a small tip on how to hide desktop icons.

How To Show/Hide Desktop Icons on a Mac

Hide Desktop Icons in Mac OS X

Go to Applications > Terminal and run the

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop false

command.

Next, use the

killall Finder

command to restart the Finder.

Close the terminal and head back your desktop. The icons should no longer appear on your desktop.

Show Desktop Icons in Mac OS X

If you would like to get your desktop icons back, open a Terminal and run the

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop true

command, followed by

killall Finder

.

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