If you do not accustom yourself to clean all the files from the desktop before the end of the working day or to store on it only the files needed in the near future, then the desktop will systematically turn into a real garbage dump. No one is going to disassemble all this stuff for you, but in one click you can hide all the icons, and in this material we will tell you how to do it.
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How to hide all the icons from the Mac desktop in one click using the HiddenMe program
It doesn’t matter why at this particular moment you may need to clear the macOS desktop, but the specialized HiddenMe utility will help in one click without accessing the Terminal and other additional actions, such as moving all files to a folder and then sending it to the far drive of the drive.
After installing the free utility, just click on the icon that appears in the menu bar, and then select “Hide Desktop Icons“, After which all the icons on the macOS desktop disappear in no time.
You can return everything to square one in the same way with the choice of the menu “Show Desktop Icons“. All files will be located in the same places as before.
Of the additional options, it is possible to record a shortcut for quick implementation of this action (option “Shortcut”), automatically hide the icons when the system boots (Hide icons at Launch) and put the application on autoload (Open at login)
Download HiddenMe for macOS (Mac App Store)
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How to hide all the icons from the Mac desktop using Automator
If you do not want to use the free application and want to get acquainted with Automator, then we propose to perform the same actions to hide / display icons, but already by creating your own application created using standard macOS tools.
one. Run Automator and click on the buttonnew document“.
2. For the type of document, specify “Program“And click on the button”Select“.
3. In the search enter “Run“And drag”Launch AppleScript»To the workspace.
5. Delete all information in the “Launch AppleScript“(Command (⌘) + A and key Delete) and paste the following code:
set toggle to do shell script "defaults read com.apple.finder CreateDesktop"
if toggle = "true" then
do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop false"
else if toggle = "false" then
do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop true"
do shell script "killall Finder"
activate application "Finder"
6. Select menu File → Save and indicate the name of the created application, for example, “No icon” and click “Save“.
Now, to remove all files from the macOS desktop, just double-click on the icon of the created application.
To return everything back, repeat the procedure again.
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How to hide all the icons from the Mac desktop with one click using the command for Terminal
Well, in the end I’ll talk about how to hide files from the OS X desktop using the Terminal.
one. Run the application Terminal.
2. Enter the following command and press Return (Enter):
If you want to return everything back, just enter the same command with one change – instead of “false“Register”true“:
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop false; killall Finder