Here’s an AppleScript I use to quickly toggle desktop visibility for taking screenshots and recording screencasts that I thought might be useful for others.
Download the source, then open the file and paste the code into AppleScript Editor, or your editor of choice, compile and save. As always, scripts like this work best using FastScripts from Red Sweater Software.
tell application "System Events" set frontMostApp to name of the first process whose frontmost is true end tell try set theDefault to ((do shell script "defaults read com.apple.finder CreateDesktop") as integer) as boolean on error -- if the default value doesn't already exist, create it. do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop 1" set theDefault to ((do shell script "defaults read com.apple.finder CreateDesktop") as integer) as boolean end try do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop " & (((not theDefault) as integer) as string) tell application "Finder" to quit delay 1 tell application "Finder" to launch tell application frontMostApp to activate
Note: This single script turns off the desktop if it’s on, and turns it on if it’s off – just to clear up the question should it need to be asked.
I ve used the stopy bout i cant toggle on my desktop again HElp!
Run the script again, it’ll toggle your desktop back on – hence “toggle” – as in “off” and “on”.
It would be even nicer if you replace the last line with
This re opens the windows that were already open when calling the service.
Thanks for the suggestion, neeks.
An even more elegant solution is to capture the frontmost app first, then hide the desktop, restart the finder, and then reactivate the app that was frontmost.
I’ve updated the script to reflect that. Works great with FastScripts, too.
Thank you. Created and loaded into my Quicksilver catalog.