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Hide Icons:


Hide Icons (HI) simply hides or shows the Desktop icons either by a menu or by a Service shortcut.

Hide Icons does nothing to the Desktop icons, it simply takes a picture of your Desktop (without the icons) and displays a window over the real Desktop giving the illusion of hiding the Desktop icons.

You invoke Hide Icons either by a menu on the right hand side or by a Service shortcut. The shortcut can be set in System Preferences...>Keyboard>Shortcuts, left "Services" and "Toggle Desktop Icons" under General on the right.

It supports multiple monitors and multiple Spaces. Hide Icons will learn which Desktop goes with each Space, though it will have to learn this by watching you switch between spaces.

***NEWEST*** Hide Icon 2.2 significantly reduces memory useage and allows checking for updates. Source code is on github. Help is here.
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Hide Icon 2.1.1 fixes possible crash when number of connected monitors changed (can happen temporarily during wake from sleep).
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Hide Icon 2.1 fixes wrong Desktop flashing during switching Spaces on Ventura. Change so we create new window levels instead of relying on ordering within a window level. Minimum macOS is now High Sierra, 10.13 (use previous version if you're running earlier version).
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Hide Icon 2.0.2 fixed a crash thanks to anonymous crash reports.
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Hide Icon 2.0.1 Sanitizes data returned from CoreGraphics routines- apparently the root cause of some buggy behavior. Fixed memory leak when number of attached screens changed. Added FAQ to Help.
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Hide Icon 2.0 comes with new Hider class to address various Apple bugs.
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Hide Icon 1.5.3 minor bug fixes and attempted workaround for Apple bug.
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Hide Icon 1.5.2 has new menu item: Set Desktop wallpaper for either individual or all Desktops. Updated help.
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Hide Icon 1.42 has new menu item: Check for changing Desktop; Workaround for bug in Core Graphics routines; refactorization of code and support for Monterey.
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Hide Icon 1.3 has new menu item: Refresh Desktop; bug fix for sleeping displays under Big Sur and later.
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Hide Icon 1.2 right-click on menu toggles Desktop icons; option to reverse right and left clicks.
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Hide Icon 1.1 does not flash icons when going into Expose and memorizes which Desktop belongs to which Space.
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Hide Icons 1.0 was only released on the Mac App Store.




Last modified: May 2021
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