Hide desktop icon names?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by inlimbo, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. inlimbo macrumors 6502

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    Is it possible to hide the names/labels of desktop icons? I’m sure I have seen people do this, but I have no idea how. I have 4 folders on my desktop and I want to hide their names - as I don't need them, the icon itself gives me enough information as to what is in the folder.

    I have attached a screenshot. I want to hide the names 'inbox', 'pending', 'outbox' and 'my hub'.

    Any ideas?
     

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  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    is that necessary? :rolleyes:

    i dont think you can hide the names of the folders. you could try just naming the first folder "spacebar" then the second "spacebar-spacebar" and so on.
     
  3. inlimbo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well it isn’t necessary :D

    But I, like a lot of mac users, can be a tad pedantic about my desktop. I find the labels a little distracting (when I’m not using Isolator) and they are unnecessary for my purposes.

    The spaces idea could work but I still want to retain the folder names for use with Quicksilver. I just don't want them to be visible on the desktop.
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    sorry someone posted "WOOOOOOHOOOOOO + numerous smilies" and i thought it was inappropriate. the post seems to have been deleted though

    back to the folders. i dont think its possible to "hide" the folder names. sorry! maybe request it to apple? i dont think theyll take in on board but if you get a lot of people requesting they might.

    maybe put the folders in your home folder if you dont like the folder names on the desktop. then make aliases to the desktop and then rename them "spacebar", "spacebar-spacebar" etc. then copy and paste the original folder icons to the aliases to remove the alias arrow... hey that might actually work! :D

    EDIT i remember doing this in tiger but it doesnt seem to work in leopard. you running tiger?
     
  5. inlimbo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks Rich,

    I am running Tiger but I will probably get Leopard soon.

    Thanks for the suggestion but man that is complicated! ha ha. Maybe I will just put up with the folder names. :) But thanks again!
     

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