Hide your desktop files and get some horsepower back

In a post today, Whitson Gordon from Lifehacker reminded us that a cluttered desktop can not only be distracting, but may also slow down our Macs.

In his article, he teaches us how to create a system service which momentarily hides all files on our desktops, but we can greatly simplify this with a Flow in Actions. Let’s see how.

Create a new Flow with these steps:

  • shorcut with NO key or modifier selected, TARGET: Terminal
  • snippet “defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop false; killall Finder”

This hides the files, but how do we get them back? You could make another pad, but there’s a better way.

Just add a Wait (for input) step, deactivating highlight mode, then repeat the previous 2 steps changing “false” to “true” in the snippet. Like this:

  • wait set to “input”, NO highlight mode
  • shorcut with NO key or modifier selected, TARGET: Terminal
  • snippet “defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop true; killall Finder”

Now we have a full featured toggle, and remember, you can change the look in a Wait step to reflect what’t going on in the subsequent portion of the Flow.

Also keep in mind that you can “jump” between Waits with a 2 finger tap, so in case you have a toggle like this one, tapping with 2 fingers lets you change state without launching the action… Convenient, huh? ;)

Now go hide some files under the carpet, but don’t indulge…

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Cristiano Troffei

CEO, UI/UX/Sound Designer at Actions

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