Why the need to hide icons?
Perhaps you have a
screen-share session coming up and you want a nice clean desktop to show everyone. Also, nobody will see all your funny files and folders as they wait for you.
Just open the
Terminal and enter the following to hide all icons:
If you’re not familiar with the
Terminal; it is a Mac application that allows you to enter commands like the ones below, to enable and disable advanced features, among other things.
You can access it by clicking the
magnifying glass icon near the top right of your Mac’s screen (near the clock). Then type
terminal into the
Spotlight search box that appears. (Tip: Press
space to get there even quicker..)
Hide all icons
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop false killall Finder
When you want to show all your icons again, run this:
Re-Show all icons
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop true killall Finder
Remember that these files and folders are not truly gone, or hidden at all. They are simply invisible when looking at the Mac’s desktop.
You can still see all the files and folders in the
Terminal by issuing the following command:
ls -lash ~/Desktop