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10.5: A cautionary tale on overloaded Desktops in 10.5
Authored by: luomat on Jan 17, '08 09:49:40AM

If you want to go radical

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false

and restart Finder and your Desktop will now show nothing except your background picture.

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true

will revert the behavior.

This helped break me of my Desktop habit. I had actually made a ~/Downloads/ in Tiger. Glad they took my suggestion for Leopard :-)




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Applescript to hide desktop icons
Authored by: Gnarlodious on Jan 17, '08 10:14:52AM
http://Gnarlodious.com/Computer/Applescript

-- if no such value exists, create it
try
do shell script "defaults read com.apple.finder CreateDesktop"
on error
do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true"
end try

-- toggle the existing value
if (do shell script "defaults read com.apple.finder CreateDesktop" as string) = "1" then
do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false"
else
do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true"
end if

delay 1

-- quit and reactivate the Finder to use the new preferences.
tell application "Finder" to quit
delay 1
tell application "Finder" to activate

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10.5: A cautionary tale on overloaded Desktops in 10.5
Authored by: jecwobble on Jan 17, '08 11:55:53AM

The first thing I did when I moved to OS X from OS 8 eight years ago was to create my own Downloads folder and adjust all app preferences accordingly. Do most people just left the default download location of Desktop? I can barely tollerate half a dozen things on my desktop, let alone hundreds...



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