How to create a minimalistic OS X desktop

For those of you that like na-da on your desk­top (like me), here is how you can tweak OS X so that nei­ther icons, dock, or menubar gets in the way of a squeaky-clean desktop:

  • Hide the dock: You can eas­i­ly do this by adjust­ing your sys­tem set­tings. Once in sys­tem pref­er­ences, click on “Dock”, then check “Auto­mat­i­cal­ly hide and show the Dock”. There goes your dock! To find it again, just hov­er your mouse near the bot­tom of the screen (or side of the screen, if that is where your dock lives), and it will pop up again.
  • Hide your icons: I use Tin­ker­Tool for this (a nice piece of free­ware that lets you tweak all kinds of hid­den set­tings). Once you acquire and run this soft­ware, click on “Find­er” from the top menu, then check “Dis­able Desk­top Fea­tures”. Now your icons are gone. (Unfor­tu­nate­ly, your find­er key­board short­cuts are gone, too. This does­n’t both­er me so much, so I live with the trade-off.)
  • Hide your menubar: Down­load men­ufela (from nin­jakit­ten), anoth­er piece of free­ware whose sim­ple pur­pose is to hide your menubar. Install and acti­vate it.

Now your desk­top should look some­thing like this:

Sweet!

3 thoughts on “How to create a minimalistic OS X desktop”

  1. Splen­did. I’ve been need­ed some­thing to swipe those desk­top icons away for a while!

  2. Hey Tina. Seems like we’re some­thing of col­legues now. I’m drop­ping by via TAB’s forum and this post caught my eye. In a bit of serendip­i­ty I wrote a post about just this thing today. Promise I stum­bled upon it alone. We can chalk it up to great minds think alike.

    I’ll have to check out tin­ker tool. Haven’t come across it before. Thanks for the tip.

  3. I down­loaded Men­ufela to hide my menubar, but it did­n’t work. Do I need to set it to a spe­cif­ic pro­gram in order to hide it on the Desk­top. It is con­fus­ing the crap out of me. Help!

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