I tend to give a lot of presentations. I also tend to have a pretty cluttered desktop. Some people are really judgmental and given my presentations often involve some kind of walkthrough occasionally my desktop is visible. I also find that I need to clean off my desktop from time to time to grab a screenshot and it kinda’ sucks to move all your crap to a folder and then either move it back or leave it there. Then you end up with nested folders called things like “archived crap” or “OLD” or whatever. There must be a better way?!?!
You can temporarily hide the crap on your desktop. To do so, edit the CreateDesktop key in com.apple.finder:
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false && killall Finder
Then, when I’m done with the presentation, I can get my clutter back:
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true && killall Finder