How To Remove Icons From Your Mac Desktop

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Are you looking to free up space on your Mac desktop and remove some of the icons cluttering up your screen? It’s easy to do with a few simple steps.

First, press and hold the Option (?) key, or click and hold any app until the apps jiggle. Click the Delete button next to the app that you want to delete, then click Delete to confirm. The app is deleted immediately.

If you want to hide all of your desktop icons but not delete them, right-click (or press and hold) the desktop, point to View, and then select Show Desktop Icons to clear the check mark. This will hide all of the icons on your desktop without actually deleting them — they’ll still be there if you choose to show them again later.

Finally, if you have any shortcuts on your Mac that you’d like to remove, go into the Shortcuts app and select a shortcut. Choose Edit > Delete or press Command-Delete and click Delete Shortcut. This will permanently delete the shortcut from your Mac desktop.

And that’s it! With just a few clicks you can easily free up space on your Mac desktop by removing any unwanted apps or shortcuts.

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Removing Icons from a Mac

To remove icons from your Mac, press and hold the Option (?) key, or click and hold any app until the apps jiggle. Once you see the apps jiggle, you can click the Delete button next to the app that you want to delete. After clicking Delete, a confirmation window will appear; click Delete once more to confirm and delete the app. Please note that this action deletes the app immediately, so make sure that you really want to delete it before confirming.

Removing Icons from the Desktop

To remove icons from your desktop, right-click (or press and hold) the icon you wish to remove and select Delete. If you wish to delete multiple icons at once, press and hold the Ctrl key while clicking on all the icons you wish to remove. Then right-click any of the selected icons and select Delete. Please note that deleting an icon from your desktop will not uninstall or delete the associated program; it will only remove the shortcut icon from your desktop.

Removing Shortcuts from Home Screen on Mac

In order to remove shortcuts from your Mac’s home screen, you need to open the Shortcuts app. Once the app is open, you can either select a shortcut and choose Edit > Delete, or press Command-Delete on your keyboard while the shortcut is selected. After doing either of these steps, a window will appear asking you to confirm that you want to delete the shortcut. Confirm the deletion by clicking ‘Delete Shortcut’, and the shortcut will be removed from your Mac’s home screen.

Removing Items from the Desktop Without Deleting Them

Removing something from your desktop without deleting it is easy and simple. To do this, simply right-click on an empty space on your desktop. From the context menu that appears, select Personalization settings. On the right side of the window, select Themes and scroll down to the Related settings section. Click Desktop icon settings, uncheck the box next to the desktop icon(s) you want to remove, click Apply, and then click OK. This will remove the item from your desktop without deleting it from your computer; it will still be accessible through its directory or folder.

Unable to Delete Shortcut From Desktop

If you are unable to delete a shortcut from your desktop, it is likely because the file or folder that the shortcut points to has been removed from your computer. Without the original item, the shortcut cannot be deleted. You can also check to see if the shortcut has been locked in place by right-clicking on it and selecting “Properties” from the menu. If there is a checkbox that says “Locked” under the General tab, uncheck it and try deleting again.


In conclusion, Mac Desktop is a powerful and convenient way to organize and manage all of your documents, files, and applications. With its intuitive design, it’s easy to keep the desktop organized for fast access to the items you need. You can also customize the desktop with icons and backgrounds to personalize it. Furthermore, deleting apps from your Mac Desktop is simple – just press and hold the Option (?) key, click the Delete button next to the app that you want to delete, then confirm your selection. Finally, you can show or hide desktop icons by right-clicking (or pressing and holding) the desktop and selecting Show desktop icons in the View menu.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.