Instantly hide and show all files, folders, and app icons on your messy desktop with Desktop Ghost! You don't need to move all the files on your desktop to take a screen recording or a screenshot anymore! Temporarily hide your messy desktop with Desktop Ghost and unhide it when you're ready!

-Instantly hide and show the items on your Desktop!
-Optionally run the app as a Menu Bar extra application for easy access! It's YOUR choice! (OS X 10.9 and later).
-Hide/Show your desktop items from the standard window OR the status bar!
-Easily set Desktop Ghost to run when you log in to your Mac (optional feature, disabled by default).
-Hides all items on the desktop when you press the hide button. Items dragged onto the desktop after a hide can be seen (unless you press the hide button again)!

Great reasons to use Desktop Ghost:
-Use Desktop Ghost to hide your messy desktop for a screencast!
-Use Desktop Ghost to hide your messy desktop to take screenshots!
-Desktop Ghost does NOT temporarily move your items nor does it delete them, it simply hides them!

What’s New

Version 1.5.2

-Fixed issue introduced in the last update that could cause the app to not work on macOS 10.13 and earlier.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

iPhai ,

Great little app

Does exactly what it promises, no more no less. Turns a mess into a sight for sore eyes - and it’s instantly reversible back to the mess whenever you find you need to paw through to find something, or just miss that old messy look. It doesn’t hide running application windows. If you need to hide sensitive stuff in a shared work environment, you might want to get the pro version, so you can use a hotkey combo instead of a menu bar item that a snoop could find and use.

HellenicHelona ,

I can no longer get to my Desktop files

It was a great app, great for privacy, but recently I am unable to show all my desktop files... It only shows a couple of them when I decide to unhide! I clicked show dozens of times, but it never shows the rest of the hidden desktop files. And now I cannot go in and use these files saved on my desktop because they are still hidden... not just on the desktop screen, but hidden to me within finder. I have no idea what to do, and it's making me stress out! They should still be on my computer because I didn't delete them, but I can't help but worry the files saved onto my desktop are gone!

Developer Response ,

Sorry you are having issues. Can you get in touch at our support page here: so we can try to resolve your issue.

Tom Dust ,

Doesn't work

Doesn't work

Developer Response ,

Hi Tom,

Please make sure you aren't running any apps or scripts that enable hidden system preferences. If you are using a third-party tool to have Finder show hidden files, it will cause a conflict with Desktop Ghost. If you believe the app isn't working for you for some other reason, feel free to reach out via the support page.

App Privacy

The developer, App Tyrant Corp, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


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