How to Remove or Hide Icons from Mac Desktop

There is no one here like a cluttered desktop on your Mac. But we know that some of you usually deal with the messed up display. Many a time, you save files right on the desktop to find them more conveniently. However, after that you forget to clean them up in time, they are piling up to clutter the whole screen. So, in this post today, we’d like to share with you some of the simple tricks to hide or remove icons from your Mac desktop.

How to Hide/Remove Desktop Icons on Mac:

Method 1: Use Finder to Hide Desktop Icons

First, we’ll try the simplest way that has been available on the macOS for long. To do this, you have to navigate to Finder and then remove the stuff that you don’t want them to show on the desktop.

Step 1: Launch Finder on your Mac.

Step 2: Click on Finder menu at the top left corner and select Preferences.

Step 3: Now, click on General tab.

Step 4: Next, uncheck the boxes near hard disks, CDs, DVs, external disks, Connected servers under “Show these items on desktop” section.

Now, all these items will be hidden. If you want to show them later, just follow the same steps above and then check the box near things that you’d like to show on the desktop

Method 2: Use Terminal Commands

Another trick that some advanced Mac users usually use to remove the files from the macOS desktop is using Terminal command. Even when you aren’t good at using the Terminal app, you still find this trick pretty simple to give it a try. To do so:

Step 1: Open Terminal app on your Mac. You can search it in the Spotlight and launch it.

Step 2: Next, you need to enter the following command:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false

Step 3: Now, hit Enter and then enter the second command given below:

killall Finder

Step 4: Now, press Enter to confirm.

That’s it! Check out your Mac desktop; there won’t be any files on the screen.

If you want to show them again, simply enter the following command to bring them back.

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true; killall Finder

Method 3: Use A Smart App

If you want to find an easier option or don’t like to deal with the Terminal commands, there is an app called HiddenMe can help you do that. You will be able to quickly remove all the files from your Mac desktop. Furthermore, it’s available for free and simply work as a native feature on the Mac.

Step 1: First Download HiddenMe software on your Mac and open it.

Step 2: Click on a circle icon in the menu bar and choose Hide Desktop Icons.

All your files will disappear from the screen. If you want to bring them back, open the app and click on the circle icon then choose Show Desktop Icons.

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Method 4: Use The Old-Fashioned Way

It’s the old-fashioned way of tidying the mess and many of you know about it. All you need is to drag the icons from the desktop to another folder to delete it.

You can also drag the unwanted icons to Trash to delete them or right click on the icon and select “Move to Trash.”

These are four common ways to hide or remove icons from your Mac desktop. Let’s know in the comment below.

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