How do I hide desktop icons?

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  1. SethRogen macrumors 6502

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    How do I hide desktop icons?
    I was searching for ways, but it seems that was with older versions because I can't find a general button under preferences on my imac.
    I found how to change the size of them and arrange them, but I can't find a way to hide them....
    Help?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Finder > Preferences > General > Show these items on the Desktop:
     
  3. SethRogen thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    :)
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  5. SethRogen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    THANK YOU! I was clicking on the wrong preferences.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Not System Preferences:
     
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  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Here:
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  9. SethRogen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok... i unchecked them all and they are still there.
    Sorry ..... I recently bought an iMac :eek:
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What icons are there? If they're ones you put there, you can simply move them off the desktop.

    As you're new to Mac, you'll find answers to a great number of questions here:

    Helpful Information for New Mac users
     
  11. SethRogen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Just a bunch of screenshots and saved pictures desktop icons are all over my background. How do I move them off the desktop other than trash? I don't want to delete them.... I just want them not to show up as desktop icons.
     
  12. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Download the app that I told you to. It will hide everything. and it's free.
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Just create a folder and drag them all into that folder. Then, if you don't want the folder on your desktop, you can move it wherever you like.
     
  14. SethRogen thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok last question and I think I will be all good.
    How do I create a folder lol?
    Also, I will take a look at the info for new mac users after.
    Thanks for your help.
    I appreciate it!
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Right-click on the Desktop and select "New Folder"
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  16. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Right click on the desktop and then click create new folder.
     
  17. Benjic macrumors regular

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    command+shift+N also does a pretty good job.
     
  18. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    And drag this new folder onto the Dock and your desktop will be free and clear!

    You are aware that when you make these screen grabs or save a file, you can specify a location for this, don't you? It doesn't have to be saved to the Desktop. All of my downloads go to my downloads folder on the Dock, for example.
     
  19. colourfastt macrumors 6502a

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    Why are you saving to the desktop rather than the downloads (or other) folder?
     

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