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How to Hide All Desktop Icons in Mac OS X

It's the Finder's job to display the desktop and all of its icons, including those for storage devices. The problem is that a default install of OS X renders the desktop without the drive icons.


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In fact, a default install leaves the desktop with just the default wallpaper and nothing else. In the early betas of OS X Puma This default setting that included desktop drive icons continued for some time. Legend has it the change occurred because Steve Jobs wanted OS X to be more like iOS, which had no concept of storage or attached devices. But if you'd rather have a bit more control over your desktop, and customize it to fit your needs, then read on.