What was good about a messy cubicle desk? To any of the overlords walking through my neck of the cubicle back forty, it appeared as if I was actually busy accomplishing something. Otherwise, why would there be a mess.
Most of us were required to make sure the cubicle desktop was pristine by Friday afternoon closing time, and instead of actually filing away the files in some orderly fashion, I took the easy route. It was easy, too. All I had to do was grab a big, empty copier paper box and shove all that was on the desktop into the box, and pop a lid on it. Voila! Clean desktop.
Mac users have a utility which does the same thing to our digital Desktops, but with a few side benefits. The app is called Screen Curtain, and while it doesn’t really drop a curtain or facsimile thereof onto the Mac’s Desktop, it does the next best thing. It hides everything. Voila! Clean Mac Desktop.
Not bad for a click, huh?
Everything that used to be scattered all over the Mac’s Desktop is still there, still scattered, still cluttering– but hidden.
Lest you think my only objective is to stick it to ‘the man’ by hiding my Desktop in plain sight, there’s an even higher ulterior motive.
Screen Curtain, as it turns out, is very good for those of us easily distracted by shiny, moving objects, so it’s a distraction free utility, which is a buzzword for increased productivity. If you take screen shots of your Mac, you’ll want to hide the Desktop icons, and Screen Curtain does that, so you’re already up to two productivity options for the price of one.
If someone from tech support needs to log into your Mac and do a little screen sharing they’ll see exactly how well organized your Mac is and that reflects on you. For Mac users who annotate screen shots, articles, or the like, a clean screen means a clean, well organized mind. Well, at least that’s what the honchos upstairs think and who am I to upset their highly paid paradigm.
Screen Curtain is drop dead simple to use, gives you the option to change the Desktop wallpaper image on the fly, use a custom color instead, and it’s smart enough to understand Spaces (itself not an easy trick) and cover up the Desktop on monitors attached to your Mac. Not bad, huh? And it’s almost free.