How to Hide Your Desktop Icons When Presenting

Whenever you do a presentation, you should always be asking yourself how you can deliver it as simple and as enjoyable as an experience for your audience as possible?

Very often I see speakers who for one reason or another(technical demonstrations, showing something on the web, etc.) show their desktop. The problem with that is the fact that the desktop of those presenters is full of icons that do not add value to the presentation itself. If the icons on your desktop do not add value to what you are showing and speaking about, remove them. No one wants to know what you have on the desktop. Not to mention that there may be something confidential that can lead to an even bigger problem and that’s just 2 of the cases.

So how can you hide your icons from your desktop and then get them back without removing them? Turns out there is a way:

On Windows:

1. Right-click on your desktop
2. Uncheck the Show Desktop Icons from the View option
3. That’s it. (then after the session, go back there and check it again)

On macOS:

1. Buy the 10$ Camouflage app and use it – it has the feature you need
2. Or use terminal commands:
• defaults write CreateDesktop -bool false && killall Finder (to hide the icons)
• defaults write CreateDesktop -bool true && killall Finder (to show the icons)

There you have it. Put “hide my desktop icons” on your checklist of things you double-check before a presentation and make your audience’s experience even better. Keep it simple. Remove anything that does not add value and yes, your icons are one of those things that don’t, so let’s hide them.

Good luck! 😉

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