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Removing icons from desktop

709 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 26, 2013 2:05 PM by TheSmokeMonster RSS
Niku Level 2 Level 2 (285 points)
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Nov 26, 2013 12:55 PM

I found an app. that enabled me to move almost all of the icons on my desktop elsewhere. However, it still left four icons, and now that I've gotten rid of most of the clutter,  I want to leave only the Macintosh HD icon on my desktop. The four icons I want to remove are my external hard drive, Snow Leopard, AppZapper, and Onyx.


I can eject all four of the icons that I want to remove from my desktop by right-clicking. My question is, will that remove them only from my desktop, or might it also remove some of their supporting software?

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  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Nov 26, 2013 1:07 PM (in response to Niku)

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    Go to Finder>preferences>General and uncheck all but "hard disk"


    Out of curiousity, why did you need an application to move your other icons off the desktop? why couldn't you just drag and drop?

  • TheSmokeMonster Level 4 Level 4 (3,240 points)
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    Nov 26, 2013 2:05 PM (in response to Niku)

    I meant, in place of the icons you took off the desktop, not the ones remaining. The way I showed you is the only way to hide the ones that still remained on your desktop after using that app.


    It depends what the Snow Leopard disk is doing.


    if it is an install of SL then yes you can delete it/eject it.


    no, moving the icons that still remain to the trash, would not have solved your issue. The only way is the way I showed you.


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