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Chapter 3. Customizing the Finder > Showing Icons on the Desktop

Showing Icons on the Desktop

When you insert a removable disk, a CD, or DVD, or connect to a network server, an icon for the disk automatically appears on the desktop. Depending on your work style, you may or may not want icons to simply appear. You can use Finder Preferences to specify whether icons for hard disks, CDs, and network servers appear on your desktop. Having the icons on the desktop makes dragging them to the Eject icon in the Dock quick and easy, but the icons also add clutter to the desktop.

Show Volume Icons on the Desktop

Click the Finder menu, and then click Preferences.

Click General.

Select or clear the checkmarks for the icons you want to show or hide on the desktop.

  • Hard disks

  • CDs, DVDs and iPods

  • Connected servers (computers attached to a network)

Click the Close button.


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