Camouflage your cluttered desktop during presentations

Leopard’s new Stacks feature has done wonders in terms of keeping my desktop tidy, but I still manage to garner some clutter. It normally doesn’t bother me too much, but if I’m giving a presentation or creating a screencast those extra icons make me feel self-conscious. In the past I’d do something like create a new folder and shove everything into it, but that just confounded the problem.

16A77183-29A5-42A9-BF6E-54919DDDA65D.jpgHere’s a better way: Just hide everything! Camouflage, another handy, free utility for the Mac, makes this easy. Just fire it up and, viola, a clean desktop! Don’t worry, those important files haven’t disappeared–you’ve just thrown a sheet over them for the duration. (How many of you have resorted to this tactic at home when company’s on the way over?) When you’re done presenting, just locate Camouflage’s icon in the menu bar to turn it off and reveal your messy desktop.

Download Camouflage and get a tidy desktop. As always, if you have questions or comments, just add them below.

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Aaron Sumner

Aaron Sumner is the Director of Technology for Research and Development at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has worked in web development and instructional technology since 1994.