How to Hide Desktop Icons Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

How to Hide Desktop Icons on Mac

If you’re someone who likes to keep your desktop clutter-free or wants to hide certain icons for privacy reasons, you’ll be glad to know that Mac provides a simple way to hide desktop icons. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to hide desktop icons on your Mac.

Method 1: Using Terminal

If you’re comfortable with using the Terminal application on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Terminal app. You can find it in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder or use Spotlight search by pressing Command + Space and typing “Terminal”.

  2. Type the following command and press Enter:

  3. defaults write CreateDesktop false
  4. Next, type the following command and press Enter:

  5. killall Finder
  6. Your desktop icons should now disappear. If they don’t, try restarting your Mac.

Method 2: Using Finder Preferences

If you prefer using a graphical interface rather than the Terminal, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Finder icon in your Dock to open a Finder window.

  2. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on “Finder” and select “Preferences”. Alternatively, you can press Command + comma (,) as a shortcut.

  3. In the “General” tab of the Preferences window, uncheck the “Show these items on the desktop” option.

  4. Your desktop icons will instantly disappear. To bring them back, simply check the box again.

Method 3: Using CleanMyMac X

If you’re looking for a more advanced solution, there are third-party apps available that offer additional features for managing your desktop icons. CleanMyMac X is one such app that allows you to hide and organize your desktop icons with ease.

  1. Download and install CleanMyMac X from the official website or the Mac App Store.

  2. Launch CleanMyMac X and click on “Space” in the sidebar.

  3. Click on “Free Up” next to “Desktop” in the list of categories.

  4. Select the items you want to hide and click on “Remove”.

  5. Your selected desktop icons will be hidden immediately. You can always restore them by using the “Put Back” option within CleanMyMac X.

Note: Third-party apps may require a purchase or subscription for full functionality. Make sure to review and understand their pricing before proceeding.

In Conclusion

Hiding desktop icons can be a useful way to keep your Mac organized and decluttered. Whether you prefer using Terminal commands, Finder preferences, or third-party apps like CleanMyMac X, now you have multiple methods at your disposal. Choose the one that suits your needs best and enjoy a clean desktop environment!

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