Hide desktop icons whilst recording

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I've just started to use Camtasia for Mac 2018 having previously used Screenflow.

Screenflow has a great little utility called "Hide Desktop Icons", which, as you would expect hides all my desktop icons, so my messy desktop looks beautiful and clean in my screen recordings.

How can I do this with Camntasia? I've looked in the help forums and found comments going back 6 years but no solution. I chatted with tech support and they said it doesn't exist in Camtasia. I'm really surprised that something so simple is missing.

Please vote for this item if you'd find this useful! Would be a useful feature on Snagit too!


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Joe Morgan

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My question would be.............What's wrong with Apple?

Windows has a feature to Hide Desktop Icons. Has for as long as I can remember.



Regards,Joe
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You cannot do this with Camtasia, but it is possible to tell the Finder to hide everything on the desktop, which is what ScreenFlow is doing.  It is a little cryptic, but here is how you do it.  Open up Terminal, and enter this command:
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false; killall Finder
That set the Finder preference CreateDesktop to false, and then restarts Finder.  You will end up with a desktop free of icons.  To get your icons back, use this command.
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true; killall Finder
-Stephen
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Thanks Stephen, but that's not terribly user friendly. I am aware of this method, but it's a pain for the average user. Would be better to build it into the product IMHO.
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There is a app called HiddenME that adds a option to the menu that is suppose to allow you to hide the desktop icons by clicking it just as Windows can do.

Maybe worth checking out.

:)

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Yeah, I saw that app featured on You tube yesterday. I figured it's a well know app and MAC users have been jumping through that hoop for years.
I was going to post one of the many videos but I thought, nah. They all know this.
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Joe Morgan

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I could be wrong.Can't beat a video.
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That's great, thanks!