Do you often have to do a presentation on your Mac and don’t want others to see what’s on your desktop? It’s possible to quickly hide the icons on your desktop. Just download our free Preference pane, and you’re set!


Follow these steps to get up and running in no time:

  1. Download the free AlanKay app to your Mac (around 65 KB).

  2. Double-click the downloaded ZIP file to extract it.

  3. Double-click the now visible .prefpane file to install it.

  4. You’ll get a new section in your System Preferences where you can show or hide your desktop icons easily.


AlanKay is compatible and tested on macOS Sierra, but should work on older versions of OS X, too. You tested it there? Please let us know.

Regarding third-party Finder add-ons

AlanKay is compatible with XtraFinder. You’re running into problems with XtraFinder or any other Finder add-on? Please send us a message, and we will follow-up with you.