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kathleen 10-16-2004 02:21 AM

Removing icons from desktop
 
Hi,
I recently had to install a new harddrive on my Powerbook ( :( ) and the default settings for the computer were restored. In the past, I had somehow removed the Macintosh HD icon from my desktop, and my desktop was completely free of icons. I can't remember how I did that...does anyone know how to get rid of the MacHD icon? I don't want any icons on the desktop. Thanks.

baggss 10-16-2004 01:18 PM

Task Bar (at the top of the screen) Finder > Preferences > Un-check "Hard Drives".....

kathleen 10-16-2004 10:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by baggss
Task Bar (at the top of the screen) Finder > Preferences > Un-check "Hard Drives".....

Thank you very much!

Avalon 10-17-2004 03:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by baggss
Task Bar (at the top of the screen) Finder > Preferences > Un-check "Hard Drives".....

It's a Menu Bar, not Task Bar... That's the thingy with the start button in Windows :D
The Menu Bar shows (as the name states) application menus and menulets, not running tasks (like the Windows Task Bar, or the OS X Dock).

torchy 10-17-2004 03:21 PM

Well said Avalon :-)

myme 01-13-2009 05:12 PM

how do I get rid of a desktop icon without deleting it?
 
?????

ZazaApple 10-26-2012 02:51 AM

Hi Kathleen, for all icons try this
 
I recently started watching movies on my laptop and seeing the icons on the desktop started to annoy me. I didn't want to click fullscreen b/c the video would become blurry. Here's what I found that helped me out tremendously. It hides all of the icons on your desktop! And you can easily bring them back whenever you want to. I love watching hour long movies now without having to see my myriad of files/folders in the background.
First you will need to select the application "Terminal"

*To hide all icons copy and paste exactly this in to the window:


defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false



*Hit the enter key. Now copy and paste this:



killall Finder


*Hit enter again.

What we did was initiate the command to hide all icons on the desktop. Not just the Hard Drive ones. Then we had to reset the Finder so the changes occurred. All of the files will still exist, but they’re now discretely hidden in your home folder’s “Desktop” directory rather than cluttering up your actual desktop. :D

*To show the Desktop icons again, open the Mac Terminal and type the following:


defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true


*For changes to take place, reset the finder:


killall Finder


And you should have all the icons appear again. Hope this helps anyone. Credit to osxdaily.com for the steps!
Hide All Desktop Icons in Mac OS X

toMACsh 10-26-2012 01:11 PM

Ok, just testing here. The last post I see is #7 dated April 9, 2011. So why is it visible on the list?


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