Hiding Desktop Icons For Presentations On OSX
If you found this post via a search, you are probably like me, “not great” at keeping your desktop clear “stuff” (you probably have a ‘stuff’ folder you once put stuff in and forgot about).
If you are, and you go into a presentation, you probably don’t want to have all of your icons visible (and possibly recorded). Hiding your desktop icons on Windows (since 7 I believe) is pretty simple.
On OSX, its not as straight forward. Following a tip I found here: http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20100804092806364 I was able to create a keyboard shortcut to hide, or unshide everything.
First, open up “Automator” and create a new document / “Service”
Then drag and drop “Run AppleScript” from the Utilities section:
Next, make sure it says that the service doesn’t accept input from any application:
Paste in the following script:
On the first run, you may get an error stating that the variable doesn’t exist or that it couldn’t convert it into a boolen. This is because by default this variable doesn’t exist for new users. All you have to do to correct this is open a terminal and type:
To set it for the first time:
Back in Automator, re-do the test run of the script:
Save the file and then you can setup up a keyboard shortcut in System Preferences:
Hit Control+Cmd+H to your hearts content.