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DesktopSweeper is a freeware APE Module (the equivalent of Unsanity's Haxies) that provides ways to control whether or not Desktop icons are displayed. This can be done with a configurable hotkey, or automatically, when the Finder comes to the front and/or leaves it.

DesktopSweeper doesn't work by covering the Desktop so your desktop background is not affected at all, even if you use an application that displays animated (or screensaver'ed) backgrounds. .

What's New

Version 1.3:
  • Universal Binary (runs on both PPC and Intel based Macs).
  • Added ways to enable separately Display and Hide automatically.
  • Added an option to prevent the Finder to come to the front when clicking on the Desktop while icons are hidden.
  • Reworded most tooltips in the prefs pane.
  • Fixed a bug where the hidden state could get reversed for icons that were more...

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, Unsanity Application Enhancer 2.0 (provided)

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le-macinfo Member IconComment+11
le-macinfo
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I hope we will see a new version of APE working on Leopard soon, so we can get DesktopSweeper running there too!

I think, still no other "hide-icons-on-desktop" comes close to it, neither in simplicity nor in speed.

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Version 1.3
FvdG Member IconComment+104
FvdG
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Does not work when more than one display is connected...

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Version 1.3
Dana Sutton Member IconComment+667
Dana Sutton
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Nifty. Only problem: when it installed APE 2.0, it failed to delete APE 1.5, I had to do that manually (hiss boo)

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Version 1.3
atgmac Member IconReview+2
atgmac
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I love this app. I use it for screenshots, presentations and just to view my desktop.

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Version 1.2
Curtis-Lemansky Member IconComment+0
Curtis-Lemansky
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I really love this app enhancer, great work. I get super messy on my desktop and it's nice to just have my wallpaper showing through. One feature I'd like to request is.. the seperation of Display and Hide in Automatic Mode, so they can be selected individually. Then I would be able to display my icons only with my hotkey, but always have it then hide my icons when I leave the finder.

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Version 1.2
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Great! I really HATE a cluttered desktop, now I can have files that I need quickly on my desktop but hide them with a key command! Thanks!

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Version 1.2
asmeurer Member IconReview+5
asmeurer
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Combined with Exposé, this makes seeing my desktop picture a simple swipe of my hand. Couldn't be better!

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Version 1.1
Sam Rae Member IconReview+0
Sam Rae
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Great program. Excellent for hiding icons before a presentation! Thanks.

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Version 1.1
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Great little function to have. Comes in handy. Thanks!

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Version 1.0
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Works as advertised. Nice thank you.

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 6,578
Version Downloads 3,713
License Free
Date 18 Jun 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free