Adding a background to mac applications?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jzdesigns, Jan 2, 2008.

  1. jzdesigns macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2007
    I'm new to macs, and I really love everything but there's one thing that drives me crazy. I've noticed in word and photoshop, the documents just float on your desktop and there isn't a background. Is there someway to change this for all mac applications? I'd like to have a standard gray background like a PC has so I don't accidently click and go to my desktop, plus its distracting.

    I have googled this issue as best as I could and I saw people suggesting to hit "F" in photoshop but thats not a fix. I don't want my document maximized, I want a standard background thats always there.

    Hopefully there's some kind of plugin I could install to change this.. ?
  2. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Now you have discovered one of the differences of Mac and Windows. Mac OS X is a document based multitasking OS. Windows is not document based and is designed as a single window non multitasking OS.

    Because Mac OS X is a document based multitasking OS it's designed so the user has full available use of the desktop for true drag and drop between apps, this is why Photoshop and Word do not have a canvas like in Windows as this would defeat the purpose of the multitasking design. You may not find it useful now but over time you will find it better.

    Now, in Photoshop CS3 you can click on the canvas pallet (it may be called something else) but it looks like 2 small squares at the bottom far left. If you click it multiple times you can set it as a full screen canvas in black or gray without changing your document size.
  3. Lixivial macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2005
    Between cats, dogs and wanderlust.
    You mean you want sub-windows within a parent window ala Excel, Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, almost all IDEs, etc on Windows. It's called a "Multiple Document Interface" and looks like this:


    It's a paradigm difference. Document vs Application, and I don't believe you're going to find much in the way of haxies to "fix" this. About the closest you'll come to a Apple-provided "fix" for this is probably going to be "Spaces" or some other Virtual Desktop solution.

    OS 9 did have a feature to hide desktop icons when the Finder was not in view, but this has not been implemented in Mac OS X (and I doubt it ever will be). You could try things like BackDrop, and its ilk.
  4. jzdesigns thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2007
    Thanks for all the info! I used spaces, and gave photoshop its on space and that seemed to do the trick, I can live with that

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