Hide Desktop Icons On Mac OS X Lion

Wanting to hide Mac OS X Lion’s Desktop icons?  I do, because I hate to have ugly Desktop!  Yes, Desktop supposes to be ugly, because the developers of the operating systems such as Mac OS X want users to be able to access whatever on Desktop within a click or two, replicating real life experience where people can get to things on their desk easily.  Then there are people like me who want to have a pretty Desktop!

Don’t listen to some people who advice you to install a kind of application that intends to hide Desktop icons, because it’s just so unnecessary.  In my honest opinion, having one more application that you may not trust to do something that Mac OS X itself allows users to do can be quite dangerous, don’t you think?  So, instead on relying on another application to hide Mac OS X Lion’s Desktop icons, we’re going to rely on command lines.

So, open up your terminal as a user that you want to hide the Dekstop icons for, and then type in the command:

  1. defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false
  2. killall Finder (This second command is to apply change to the Desktop right away and so you don’t have to reboot your Mac OS X Lion to see the immediate effect of having to hide Desktop icons.)

To allow Mac OS X Lion’s Desktop to show icons again, just replace the first command with -bool true.

Source:  http://osxdaily.com/2009/09/23/hide-all-desktop-icons-in-mac-os-x/

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