Most of my day is devoted to bouncing around from Mac to Mac, Windows PC to PC, or from iPad to Chromebook (thanks to daylight hours employed as a system administrator and troubleshooter at a Chicagoland private school).
One of the problems that keeps cropping up with staff and faculty members is how to hide the Mac’s application windows during a training session or a classroom presentation. Yes, there are a dozen ways to get app windows out of the way. Here is one I like.
Cheap Is Good
Experienced Mac users know a few ways to get rid of all those app windows so you can view the Mac’s Desktop wallpaper without distraction. This works. Most of the time. I set System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver Hot Corners to Desktop (as one selection).
Move the screen pointer and all the app windows disappear and you get a clean Desktop. Until you click again. Search around and you’ll find various and sundry utilities and options to do the same thing. One of the easiest and best is Re:Desktop. All it does is hide all the app windows on your Mac’s screen with a click.
There are other options and they are useful, too, but in the end you just want the app windows to disappear for awhile. One click. Here’s what you get.
That’s about as clean a Desktop as you can get on the Mac and an easy way to see what the Desktop Wallpaper is at the moment.
This is so cool.
Now, when you click Re:Desktop using the Menubar icon or the Dock icon, all the app windows on your Mac’s screen disappear. They’re gone. All you see is the Dock at the bottom and the Menubar at the top (and both of those can be set to disappear, too). The Menubar option leaves open the current front app window.
Not bad for 99-cents, huh? Every review on the Mac App Store for Re:Desktop is Five Stars; highly deserved. It’s one click to clean screen. Or, save 99-cents and just point to a corner of the screen. You choose.