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    Default how to remove icons from desktop

    Just got a macbook pro two days ago.
    Having come from windows this is a totally new experiance. So far really pleased the way things are working. The one thing I cant suss is how do I hide icons that are one the desktop. I downloaded skype and the software for my printer, the shortcuts are sitting in the dock which is what I want but there also on the desktop. What I would like to do is remove the icons from the desktop.
    How do I do this ?
    Cheers.

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    Skype doesn't leave an icon on the desktop normally. It's more likely to be the open disk image (.dmg file) instead.

    Mac OS doesn't generally have an installer as you would expect from Windows. Instead, the icon that you see is actually sitting in front of a folder that contains (almost) everything needed to run the program. If you've got a Skype icon on your desktop then that might be the whole install of Skype on your computer.

    The usual approach is to copy/move that icon (and all the stuff that's behind it) to your Applications folder. That 'installs' the program.

    Once you've done that, you can delete the one on your desktop - you may have to remove and re-create your dock icon when you do this.

    Finally, if you've still got an icon that looks something like a disk on your desktop you can right click (or control-click) your mouse and select "Eject" from the menu.

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    It really depends what the icons are representing.
    In a typical download of a program, the package will appear as a .dmg file. Double clicking on this will produce the program. At this stage, some installers ask whether you want to put the program in the Applications folder. That is what normally should be done, and if it is the program itself that is now sitting on your desktop, drag it to the Applications folder.
    From that, I would then drag the icon from in the Applications folder, across into the Dock. This makes the shortcut, but doesn't actually move the program out of the Applications folder.
    If what is on your desktop is the .dmg package, and you have already installed the program, you can drag the .dmg package to the Trash. The Trash icon will change to an arrow, indicating that you are "ejecting" a "disk" which is how the system sees the .dmg file (that is, as the image of a disk).
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    First welcome to the world of Apple and Mac. Second, welcome to these forums.

    Here are a couple of sites that explain various ways to install software on a Mac.

    Installing applications on Mac OS X

    How to Install Software on a Mac

    There is also Apples own "Switch 101"

    Note: To uninstall a program on a Mac is dead simple and easy - just right click on the program in the Applications folder and drag it to the Trash. Done.

    But there are more explanations about all sorts of things in these forums just do a search.

    Have fun - enjoy the Mac world

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    Default Re: how to remove icons from desktop

    If you don't work out how to do it post a screenshot on here by pressing command + shift + 3 and then it will place a picture on your desktop, upload that to here and we will take a look

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    I'm pretty sure it's the skype disk image (.dmg). I had the same issue until I read this thread. The problem was when I went to move the .dmg file from the desktop to the trash (i had already installed Skype and have it running), it would come uop with an error message along the lines that it was being used and was I sure I wanted to eject???
    I have just quit the skype app, and ejected the .dmg file. Restarted Skype an all is working well.
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    That means you were running Skype out of the DMG, not from your Applications folder.
    The idea is to install, you drag from the DMG to Applications. You then close the DMG, and open the app from Applications.
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    Exclamation I needed help with this to...

    I can quit and eject it but then when I start up it shows up again! Its like a little white rectangle with a skype logo on it. How do you upload the screenshot I thook one but can't figure out how to put it here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by gagneana000 View Post
    How do you upload the screenshot I thook one but can't figure out how to put it here....
    Upload it via ImageShack or any other image hosting service, then copy the URL, and enclose it in IMG tags in your post (use the yellow 'mountain' icon).
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    I had this same problem! Hopefully this works for you, it did for me.

    When you click on the little square with the skype logo on it, a window comes up with an image saying to move the skype icon to the applications folder right there, right?

    Do that if you haven't yet, and then also drag the skype logo image in that window onto the desktop. NOT the dock. Now both the skype logo and the square should be on your desktop.

    Now, you should be able to eject the square one on the right of your dock. After you do that, you can drag the skype logo from your desktop onto the dock. It should open without that little square popping up.

    This worked for me, I hope it does for you too. If not, I'm sorry, I tried!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluet31 View Post
    I had this same problem! Hopefully this works for you, it did for me.

    When you click on the little square with the skype logo on it, a window comes up with an image saying to move the skype icon to the applications folder right there, right?

    Do that if you haven't yet, and then also drag the skype logo image in that window onto the desktop. NOT the dock. Now both the skype logo and the square should be on your desktop.

    Now, you should be able to eject the square one on the right of your dock. After you do that, you can drag the skype logo from your desktop onto the dock. It should open without that little square popping up.

    This worked for me, I hope it does for you too. If not, I'm sorry, I tried!
    bluet31 gave the ultimate and simple answer that works! At least for me it was perfect explanation. Thanks
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    Also to rejo, original poster, you've stated that you have the icon in the dock. Now make sure Skype is in the Application Folder. If not, that means you've dragged the icon straight from the .dmg to the dock. That's fine but it's not what you want and when ever you log out or restart, the icon on the desktop may not be there so the icon in the dock won't work.


    Is this the icon you see?

    Then when you double click it it's a window yeah?

    If it is a window you will see another Skype icon then, move that one to the Application Folder

    usually there is an Application Folder alias in the window, dragging it into that does the same, or use Applications in the side-bar, click that small button top right of the window to extend the side-bar.

    The window is the .dmg everyone has mentioned, so you can drag the Skype icon to the Application Folder in the .dmg. It is an alias to the main App Folder on the Mac. Alias's can be identified by the curved arrow in the bottom left of alias icons such as the App Folder in the screenshot.


    Is this the icon you see?

    So double clicking the icon opens Skype, then simply move it to your Application Folder
    If it does a copy instead of moving, when it's finished copying you can safely move the the icon on the desktop to the trash

    Skype will now be installed onto the Mac and to rid the icon on the desktop is right click, or option key and mouse click, select Eject Disk from the drop down Menu.
    However, the Skype icon in the dock will be looking for the Skype App that was on your desktop so won't launch.
    Drag that icon out of the Dock until you see a cloud and let go and listen to a puff.
    You can put it back into the Dock by dragging the Skype icon from the Application Folder into the Dock.

    That's the case with about 90 to 95% of Mac Apps but there others that will install like Windows Installers, meaning that they don't just drag to the App Folder but runs a procedure where it's putting different bits and pieces into parts of the Library Folder and rarely the System Folder too. They will be labelled app.installer by rights, as the other Apps will be labelled just the App name to indicate the differences.

    Hope with all this information everyone has given you gives you a basic better understanding on Mac Apps and installation, pretty simple concept once you get use to it
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