title: macOS UI Tweaks description: macOS macOS UI tweaks and tips, for better experience, productivity and workflow

macOS UI Tweaks

Hide All The Icons On Your Desktop

Disable Icons:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop false
killall Finder

Enable Icons:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop true
killall Finder

Change the Launchpad Grid Layout

launchpad Grid 9x7

Change the springboard-columns and springboard-rows values according to your preference

write com.apple.dock springboard-columns -int 9
write com.apple.dock springboard-rows -int 7
write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool TRUE
killall Dock

Result: src/assets/images/macOS/launchpad.jpg

Reset Launchpad Icons Sort

defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock

Set the Same View Options for all Finder windows

First, we want to set the default view options for all new Finder windows. To do so, open Finder and click on the view setting that you want to use. The settings are four icons and the top of your Finder window. If you don't see the Finder toolbar type:

cmd + option + t

After selecting the option you want, type:

cmd + j

to open the view options window.

Make sure you check the top two checkboxes that say Always open in list view and Browse in list view. Keep in mind it will reflect whichever view you've selected.

Now click the button at the bottom that says "Use as Defaults".

Delete all .DS_Store files on your computer

Chances are you've opened some Finder windows in the past. Individual folder options will override this default setting that we just set.

In order reset your folder settings across the entire machine we have to delete all .DS_Store files. This will ensure that all folders start fresh. Open up the Terminal application (Applications/Utilities/Terminal), and type:

sudo find / -name .DS_Store -delete; killall Finder

Note: In the future, whenever you switch views, it will automatically save in the new .DS_Store file. This will override the default settings.

Change Login Screen Background (outdated)

Backup the original picture

sudo mv /Library/Desktop\ Pictures/Mojave.heic /Library/Desktop\ Pictures/Mojave.heic.bak

Rename new picture to Mojave.heic

Move the new picture to /Library/Desktop Pictures/

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