All that clutter can make it difficult to find files and it’s an unsightly mess, too. How do you clean a Mac’s Desktop of clutter? Tedious effort and advanced organization skills honed by years of Mac use. Or, just click.
Click Shade, Hide Files
In a nutshell, my sub-title tells the story of Shade, the free Mac app which hides a messy Desktop from view with nothing more than a single click.
Not bad for a free app that nearly every Mac user needs from time to time. What’s the catch?
Many free apps don’t really have a catch, and instead supply some sort of useful functionality.
Shade lives in the shadows of useful functionality and sleight of hand. Shade, the app’s title, should be a clue. Shade simply hides all the Desktop files and folders.
That’s right. Click and they’re hidden out of view but not reorganized to look pretty. That functionality would be in a different app and likely at a different price.
Still, Shade couldn’t be easier to use to get a clean looking Desktop (even if the clean is more like sweeping dirt under a rug).
One feature that’s kind of handy in Shade is the option to use a custom wallpaper photo. Find the photo you want to use, drag it to the Shade icon in the Menubar and Shade will hide the Desktop’s files and folders behind the photo.
Clever. Free. And not much more, including no support for Mac’s with multiple displays. Otherwise, it’s a very good way to hide the mess out of sight without actually doing the work to put away files and folders.