DesktopUtility
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DesktopUtility is a tiny menubar application that allows you to hide your Desktop, toggle file visibility, show your user library (OS X 10.7 or later), force-empty the trash, or restart the Finder/Dock/MenuBar easily and conveniently from the system menu bar.
What's New
Version 1.4:
  • Russian localization
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6.6 or later



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DesktopUtility User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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+12

Antoniong reviewed on 08 Nov 2013
Great app but since 10.9 it reverts to the topfolder.
[Version 1.4]


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XerSon7358 reviewed on 15 Oct 2013
Спасибо Огромное. Русская локализация как раз в тему.
[Version 1.4]


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GeoProf reviewed on 17 Jun 2013
A great app.

Thanks to the dev for offering it on a 'donations' basis.
[Version 1.3.4]


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GeoProf commented on 16 Apr 2013
I like this app and have used it since its release, but in the last few versions the ‘Force Empty Trash’ command simply does not work on Trash items which Onyx handles with aplomb. Shame too, since that one extra capability is what made me switch from/ignore other such Menubar apps that only enable invisible files revealing/hiding, but now it’s no better than the rest of them.

I use Mac OS 10.8.3.
[Version 1.3.1]

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Sweetp Productions (developer) replied on 22 Apr 2013
thats odd?

It works on my 10.8.3 setup, ill look into it.
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Sweetp Productions (developer) replied on 23 Apr 2013
Ive just updated the Empty Trash script, try d/l v1.3.2 and see if it works better for you.
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GeoProf replied on 24 Apr 2013
I’m afraid v. 1.3.2 has no effect either — force-emptying the trash does nothing. I thought that this might be caused by the fact that I have my Mid-2012 2.9 GHz i7 MacBook Pro's hard disk partitioned into 2 volumes (Main and Scratch) and the OS is only installed on 1 of them (Main), while all data (including my Home folder) is stored on the Scratch partition. But, DesktopUtility has always worked fine with that setup until now, so I don’t know what the problem is.

I’ve been running this setup since I bought my MBP last July, and I like to reinstall the OS occasionally, so I’ll take this opportunity to reinstall over the next day or so and later report whether that helped.
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GeoProf replied on 13 Jun 2013
I finally figured out why DesktopUtility 1.3.3's Force Empty Trash function doesn't always work. This time, running on my main partition, it only emptied half of the items in my Trash, leaving the other 3 items untouched. And, when I ran it again, it still wouldn't empty those items. The 3 files that it wouldn't empty each came from outside the main partition: 1) version 1.3.2 of "DesktopUtility.app" came from the Applications folder of my Emergency partition; 2) "DesktopUtility 1.3.2.7z" came from the 500 GB portable USB drive on which I store copies of all my software, and it was still attached and mounted when I ran the Force Empty Trash command; and 3) "GIS Spatially Referenced Remote Imaging Data Acquisition Methods.txt" came from my 3rd partition, on which I store only data (that doc was a third copy stored there while I was writing the article). The files that it did empty were of a similar nature, but all came from the main partition.

I thought that maybe DesktopUtility might be behaving oddly because I had it sort of hidden away in my Bartender 1.0.9 menubar item, but I tried unhiding it and using the Force Empty Trash command straight from DesktopUtility's own menubar item, but it still wouldn't empty those 3 items.

But, all along, I've been assuming that the Force Empty Trash command should work on all files in the startup drive's Trash folder no matter where they came from, just so long as those volumes were attached and mounted when the command was initiated. Once I realized that the files which DesktopUtility ignored came from non-startup volumes, I realized that my original premise was flawed. I confirmed this by running a couple of other freeware/shareware apps' Force Empty Trash command, and they too failed to empty the files that came from outside of the startup volume. Only running the regular Empty Trash or Secure Empty Trash command from the Finder menu would empty those files.

So that's it, DesktopUtility is not faulty, my reasoning was.
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Sweetp Productions (developer) replied on 15 Jun 2013
does this version work any better:
http://sweetpproductions.com/products/desktoputility/DesktopUtility134.zip
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GeoProf replied on 16 Jun 2013
Yes! Version 1.3.4's Force Empty Trash function now works on whatever is in the startup volume's Trash folder, whether it came from the startup volume or not.

The only (tiny) issue I noticed was that the normal Trash emptying sound effect was absent while DesktopUtility performed the Force Empty Trash function.

Great job, Sweetp Productions.
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Sweetp Productions (developer) replied on 17 Jun 2013
ok, thanks for the detective work, and the feedback.
Ive added in the trash sound to the official v1.3.4,
just d/l from here, or my website:
www.swetpproductions.com

:)
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alimak reviewed on 30 Jan 2013
I had problems with the toggle function of Show/Hide Desktop. The Desktop went blank without any possibility to get the files and folders back into visibility. Fortunately it could be reset/repaired by TinkerTool.
[Version 1.2.9]


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+21

Strych9 reviewed on 17 Dec 2012
I try it but it is quite slow on Mac Intel i7 2.3Ghz , I have ~20 icons/folders on the Desktop... Any Idea ?
[Version 1.2.9]


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+1

VerifyMe reviewed on 05 Dec 2012
Love this utility. Version 1.2.1 broke after upgrading to Mountain Lion (would not toggle invisible files/folders) but version 1.2.9 fixed the problem. Everything is good again!
[Version 1.2.9]


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-4

-4

Jladd@renbrook.org reviewed on 30 Jul 2012
Not working with Mountain Lion.
[Version 1.2.6]

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Sweetp Productions (developer) replied on 30 Jul 2012
what exactly isnt working?

Its working fine on my MacBook Air, running 10.8.
send me an email at:
info at sweetpproductions dot com
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+4

+701

Jazzyguy reviewed on 21 Jul 2012
Excellent Utility. It does whatitis designed to do.
[Version 1.2.5]


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+35

Rezstudios reviewed on 11 Nov 2011
Great little utility to show (and re-hide) files and folders that are hidden, especially with Lion now hiding the user Library by default.
[Version 1.2.2]


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Downloads:21,672
Version Downloads:3,675
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:14 Oct 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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DesktopUtility is a tiny menubar application that allows you to hide your Desktop, toggle file visibility, show your user library (OS X 10.7 or later), force-empty the trash, or restart the Finder/Dock/MenuBar easily and conveniently from the system menu bar.


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