Removing All Icons from a Mac’s Desktop

I shuffle back and forth between a Mac, and Linux Desktop, and have become acclimated to not having any icons appear on my desktop, like my current linux distro of choice (Manjaro i3 Community Edition) displays out of the box. It just makes things less cluttered, and helps you keep focus when starting your day. I wanted to make my Mac behave this way, and found these commands to help me do the trick.

Fire up a terminal window. In the terminal window type:

defaults write CreateDesktop false

And then, restart finder:

killall Finder

Remember, in a unix or unix like terminal Caps matter!

If you miss the clutter, it’s just as easy to make these icons show up again. In your terminal, type:

defaults write CreateDesktop true

and again, restart finder:

killall Finder


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