How to Hide Desktop Icons in Mac OS X using the Terminal

Clean up your desktop in Mac OSX

Here’s how to have a perfectly clean desktop without deleting any files.

Be careful when using the terminal. Type carefully. You can copy and paste the command below. 

To hide your Mac desktop icons, for example:

  1. Launch Terminal from Applications ➙ Utilities
  2. CarefullyType

    defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop false

  3. Press Enter
  4. Now restart Finder by typing

    Killall Finder

     now click Enter.

If you want to reverse this: repeat the process but replace

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop false


defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop true

Killall Finder

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