Desktop clutter on a Mac is much like whatever clutters our real desktops. Files, folders, and whatever else that crosses in front of our eyeballs during the day. The Desktop, whether on a Mac or in front of your chair, is where everything goes until you’re ready to file it away and clean up the clutter.
Recently I came across Deskflag, a free app which hides whatever is on your Mac’s Desktop in a unique and clever way. Hide everything, or hide what you choose.
At the other end of the pricing scale is Camouflage, a one-click way to hide your Mac’s Desktop clutter.
Click the Menubar icon or use the hotkey combo and whatever is on your Mac’s Desktop disappears. It’s still there, of course, just hidden, making Camouflage good to look organized, or to hide cruft and clutter before a presentation.
On the low end of the price scale is Screen Curtain which works much like Camouflage, but costs less, is more customizable, and has the added benefit of being the clutter remover that I use.
Screen Curtain hides what you don’t want visible, making it of good use for presentations, and when you need less distraction while working on a specific app, or to make screenshots with an uncluttered background (that’s what I use it for).
This app lets you setup a customized background, fill the screen, cover all open Spaces or Screens (multiple displays), and even choose a custom background image or photo.
All three apps have the added benefit of helping you to feel clean and uncluttered by removing the mess from your Mac’s Desktop. Much like scraping everything off your real desk and into a box or desk drawer.