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How to hide desktop icons on Mac with a single click

Some people love to keep their Mac desktop clutter free, while some don't mind having all their files on the desktop. If you belong to the former group of people, then you will find this article useful. Having files on the desktop will make it easy for you to find them super fast, but they can pile up and clutter the space. One way to deal with the clutter is to simply hide the files on the desktop. Doing this means that the display will look clean, but the files are always there, just not visible to you.

How to access the Mac emojis and symbols keyboard from the menu bar

Mac Emoji Keyboard, Character Viewer in Menu Bar

The emojis and symbols “keyboard,” officially named the Character Viewer on Mac, is a handy tool. With it, you can easily add emojis, symbols, characters, and icons to your notes, documents, and emails.

While you can access the Character Viewer a few different ways, one of the simplest is from the menu bar. This way, you don’t have to try and remember another keyboard shortcut or hope the app you’re using offers a menu option.

The setting for this is a bit hidden and not within your Dock & Menu Bar preferences. So here, we’ll show you how to enable and access the emojis and symbols keyboard from your menu bar on Mac.

How to customize your emoji list with shapes and symbols on Mac

Expanded Character Viewer on Mac

Apple gives you a handy tool for picking out and popping in emojis on your Mac. In notes, emails, or documents, you can open the Character Viewer and drag an emoji or symbol where you want it.

This Viewer has a couple of convenient features too. You can jump right to emojis you use frequently and those you save as favorites. Along with these features, you have the ability to customize the list that displays. So if you want to use technical symbols, geometrical shapes, math symbols, or even pictographs, they’re all there.

You only see a dozen or so emojis when you open the Character Viewer. So here, we’ll show you where the others are so you can customize your Mac emoji list for oddball characters, shapes, and symbols.

Tips to make your Mac screen easier to read or see

System Preferences Accessibility Display Settings

Are there times when you sit down to work on your Mac and struggle to see items on the screen? Whether it’s the app icons on your desktop, text in emails or webpages, or simply your mouse pointer, there are ways to improve your screen space.

You should never have to strain to read or see what’s on your computer screen. So, we’ll show you several adjustments you can make to improve your Mac experience.

Where to find the best iPhone icon packs for your Home Screen

Customized iPhone Home Screens with Icon Packs

While iOS 14 came with some terrific new features, Home Screen customization seems to have taken off as one of the most talked about. You have Home Screen widgets that can be personalized, come in different sizes, for third-party apps, and can be put most anywhere.

Along with that and even though not new, creating custom app icons with Shortcuts has become more desirable. So if changing the app icons you see on your Home Screen is something that interests you, how about making sure you have the icons you want? Sure, you can use a photo of your pet or picture of your pal, but if you want to go with a theme, an iPhone icon pack is a terrific option.

Here are some awesome spots to find iPhone icon packs.

How to personalize your iPhone Home Screen with custom app icons

Custom iPhone home screens icons

With the release of iOS 14, Apple gave its users more flexibility with their Home Screens. We’ve been telling you all about Home Screen widgets; how to find and add widgets, create custom widgets, and the best apps that offer widgets. So if you’ve gotten a taste of how wonderful Home Screen customization can be and want a bit more, you’ve got it!

Not a new option, but certainly one worth mentioning is creating custom app icons for your Home Screen. Maybe you’re not fond of the icons for specific apps or perhaps you simply want to use images of your own. With the Shortcuts app and the images you want to use, here’s how to personalize your iPhone Home Screen with custom app icons.

How to refresh website favicons in Safari on Mac

Safari Showing Favicons on Mac

The ability to see favicons for websites in Safari is a convenient. It lets you spot the site you want at a glance by seeing the its icon on your tab, in your bookmark list, and in your history. So, when the feature was added, it was one many people jumped on. But have you ever noticed favicons that go missing or are incorrect, showing the wrong icon?

You can "refresh" the website favicons in Safari on Mac in just a few steps and here, we’ll show you how.

Get this amazing 100+ icon pack for your favorite Mac apps, optimized for macOS Big Sur

With macOS Big Sur launching this fall, many of your favorite third-party apps could be stuck with what will by then be frowned upon as an outdated Mac icon system. User interface designer Raven Yu took it upon himself to solve your first world problem with a custom designed set of more then a hundred Big Sur-optimized icons for popular third-party apps like VLC, Things, Adobe CC, Microsoft Office, Google Chrome, Spark, Twitterrific and so forth.

How to personalize lists in Reminders with emojis and symbols

Emojis in Reminders Lists iPad

With iOS 13, Apple made many improvements to Reminders including the ability to personalize lists. This allowed users to add colored icons to make lists easier to spot and organize. So with iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and even macOS Big Sur, Apple made another improvement to the appearance options for Reminders.

No longer are you limited to the 60 or so icons provided for your lists. You can select from additional symbols as well as any emoji on your keyboard. Here are your latest options for personalizing lists in Reminders with emojis and symbols on iOS and Mac.