How to Hide or Remove Icons from the Mac Desktop
You can really clean up your Mac Desktop by hiding all the hard disk and drive icons that appear by default on it. Here’s how to adjust what icons are visible:
- Click on the Finder menu and select Preferences
- Click on the General tab
- Uncheck boxes next to hard disks, drives, ipods, etc
Changes take effect immediately and your hard disk will immediately disappear (Note this doesn’t really remove the icons in a deletion sense, it just hides them from being visually seen on the Desktop).
Any other icons you want cleared off the desktop you can simply just drag & drop them into another folder within your home directory, or elsewhere.
If you really want to have a clean and bare desktop, you can hide all desktop icons from ever appearing via the Mac OS command line.