Showing Icon Images On The Desktop

Sunday, September 6, 2009, 02:16 PM – Tips and Hints

I received a lovely email a few days ago from a very nice reader of this blog who wanted to know if it would be OK if she put the hard drive icon on her desk top in the trash. She had a really cool picture that she was using as a screen saver and the hard drive icon spoiled the effect.

This reader is a new Mac user who lives in an isolated location and she doesn’t have many resources for questions. I’m so glad she asked this question because she is not the first, nor will she be the last to wonder about this.

The answer is that trashing the hard drive icon will trash her operating system. Something that none of us want to do. However, she can remove the icon image from her desktop, which is her real goal. Should you want to do the same, here is all you have to do.

Click in a blank space on your desktop so that you are in Finder. Choose Finder > Preferences > General. Remove the check mark next to Hard Disks under the heading “Show These Items On The Desktop”.

Your hard drive icon will no longer be visible but it is perfectly safe. If you need to get into it for some reason, reverse the process.


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