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Removing icon text on desktop?

Discussion in 'Apple Software' started by Feek, 10 Oct 2009.

  1. Feek

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    I have just two icons on my desktop, like this.

    [​IMG]

    That's all very nice, but I'd rather there was no text under them and that they looked like this.

    [​IMG]

    I'm sure you'll agree that it looks much prettier, but of course it's a mockup.

    Can I do this for real?

     
  2. TheMagicPirate

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    You could always just name every shortcut *SPACE*?
     
  3. Feek

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    They're not aliases though.
     
  4. TheMagicPirate

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    It didn't matter. My mac let me name my Main drive and my Time Machine drive *SPACE*.

    I admit, its hardly the best solution like.
     
  5. Feek

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    That's not really practical either - They still need to show the names in the sidebar.
     
  6. Spyhop

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    Create a text file called " .command" (distinct number of leading spaces).
    Put "open THEPATHYOUWANT" in it.
    In Terminal, chmod +x " .command"
    In the Get Info dialog, copy and paste in the icon you want.
    In the Get Info dialog, tick "Hide extension"
     
  7. Feek

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    Oh that's so close!

    When it's highlighted or selected it shows like this:

    [​IMG]

    and I can only have one like that? Obviously I can't have two files called the same " .command"
     
  8. Rooky007

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    Love those icons where they from?
     
  9. Feek

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    I honestly can't remember but I've put them (and the rest of the matching hard drive collection) into a Candybar set you can grab from here.
     
  10. Spyhop

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    Use a different number of leading spaces for each file.

    You could also use the original special "items" and in the Finder view options set label to "Right", grid snap to "None", then put them bang up against the right edge of your desktop :p
     
  11. Feek

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    I've found another bit of an oops when using that method...

    It pops open a terminal window as well!

    /edit - Which I can force close through terminal prefs, but it still drops into the dock afterwards.

    We're getting there though.
     
  12. Spyhop

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    If you won't have any other Terminal sessions open, you could ask Terminal to quit via Applescript as a second line of the script:

    open ~
    osascript -e 'Tell application "Terminal" to quit'

    There's an option in Terminal preferences as to when it will show a Quit confirmation dialog.

    -- Though having a Terminal window flash up might be more displeasing than the original problem.. :)
     
    Last edited: 10 Oct 2009
  13. Feek

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    The Terminal window flashing has already annoyed me!

    Time to try and find a different way to do it, I really like the way it looks.
     
  14. Faded

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    Any chance you can upload the hard drive icon as a .png?
     
  15. Feek

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    I found the set, here it is.
     
  16. Faded

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    Thanks :)
     
  17. Feek

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    No other thoughts as to how/if this can be done?
     
  18. TheMagicPirate

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    There is one way I thought of.

    You could write an apple script that would change the size of the text to '0' or 'false' or something.

    I've tried with a few pre written scripts that I found on the net but it wouldn't let me set the size less than 8 :(

    My apple script skills are very basic tho, maybe someone with better 'skillz' could try.