7 Replies Latest reply: Nov 26, 2009 1:10 AM by R C-R
RickieV Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
How can I remove the finder bar at top of the desktop screen ? I would like to have a clean desktop with nothing on the screen..

Thanks..

Macbook Pro 15" 2.53, 4G, 250Gigs, Mac OS X (10.6), iPhone 3G, 3.0.1
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)
    Can't remove, but you can make it translucent - visit System Preferences/Desktop & Screen Saver/Desktop.

    If you have multiple monitors, you can select where it sits.
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,110 points)
    it's called menu bar and is not part of Finder. you can not remove it safely.
  • dechamp Level 4 Level 4 (3,490 points)
    Since every application you run uses the Menu bar, how would you be able to use programs?
  • RickieV Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    I meant, removing the menu bar from the Desktop screen. It should be there when a program is running.
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,110 points)
    RickieV wrote:
    I meant, removing the menu bar from the Desktop screen. It should be there when a program is running.

    a program is always running.
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (62,195 points)
    And, if you didn't already know, that running program is the Finder.
  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (16,745 points)
    baltwo wrote:
    And, if you didn't already know, that running program is the Finder.


    Actually, that isn't true. You can quit Finder & the menu bar continues to appear. (Various utilities like TinkerTool allow you to add the "Quit" menu item to Finder, or you can kill it with an Applescript.)

    I believe the menu bar is started by the "launchd" process & populated by various processes like WindowServer & Spotlight (mdworker), as well as the frontmost running application, but the point is the menu bar doesn't belong to any single application & is an integral part of the graphic user interface (GUI) of the OS.

    It is not a "Finder bar" or part of the Desktop. You cannot remove it if you want to use the GUI, including the Desktop metaphor as a 'place' for HD's, the files & folders of the user Desktop folder, the Dock, or the menu bar to appear.

    Various applications allow you to hide the menu bar temporarily, like for showing full screen movies or to play some games, but there is no built-in, system-wide way to do this for all apps.