My day job has me working with hundreds and hundreds of high school students, faculty, and staff to administer nearly as many hundreds of Macs, Windows PCs, some new Chromebooks, and a growing number of iPads.
That means I get requests of all kinds from every level of experience. For those Mac users who work on presentations– both teachers and students– one of the most frequent requests is this; “How do you get rid of the file and folder clutter on the Mac’s Desktop?” As it turns out, all you need is a click. With the right app.
Out Of Sight…
There’s an old adage I remember from my parents and extended family while growing up. “Children should be seen but not heard.” As a new parent, I understand the sentiment. These days I run into another old saying. “Out of sight, out of mind.” The application is a bit different with the Screen Curtain but the concept is similar. This cleverly designed utility gets rid of the clutter on a Mac’s Desktop with little more than a click.
What you get is a self explanatory app which lets you choose the background for the Mac’s Desktop, then with a click, remove from view all the file icons, folder icons, and even app icons, which normally clutter up the Mac’s screen.
Options are straightforward, too. Use the Mac’s built-in Desktop wallpaper settings, or select a custom option. If you’re using a Mac with multiple displays, there’s an option to cover all the screens being used, or, if you have a single Mac with a single screen but multiple Spaces, that gets covered, too.
There’s even a keyboard shortcut. Check your Mac’s Desktop and note the number of files and folders that clutter up the image. One click gets this instead.
See? Out of sight, out of mind. Ispo facto and alakazam– an utterly clean Mac Desktop screen.
Screen Curtain makes a perfect background for screen shots, for presentations, for Keynote show’n tell, or for any time when you want to show something on the Mac’s screen but you’d rather not have all the viewers looking at your dirty laundry files and folder collection on the Desktop.
Interestingly, we’ve entered the age of minimalism and distraction free working, and if you’re not one who likes the Mac’s built-in Fullscreen mode, but you don’t want other apps distracting you, or don’t want to see screen clutter, then Screen Curtain is the perfect app to create an environment that remains visually focused. Click Drop Curtain in the Menubar and the Desktop gets cleansed.
Out of sight, out of mind. Click again and everything goes back to normal. Not bad for a few bucks, but without a try-before-you-buy option.