hide desktop icons

I am Running Yosemite 10.10.5.... When I share my screen with others, I would like to hide my desktop icons. I used to have an option named "Show Desktop Items" that I unchecked when I right click on my Desktop... How do I re-enable that option/icon.. or how do I do it now? Thank you in advance.

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There is no inherent OS X keyboard shortcut that will alternatively show or hide your Desktop icons. That is why there are a plethora of free/fee applications to do this, or every Mac related website using the command sequences that I incorporate into the script that I provided.

One can however, use the Automator application to create a service workflow that runs the script, and then in System Preferences : Keyboard : Shortcuts : Services : General, you can assign a custom keyboard shortcut to the workflow.

Then when you want to hide/show your Desktop, you access the service with the keyboard shortcut, or the Finder Services menu. That runs the workflow, the dialog box appears, giving you a button choice of whether to hide or show the Desktop.

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When the Desktop icons are hidden, you cannot interact with the Desktop, other than launch a new Finder window(s), until you run the workflow again to show the Desktop.

Does this sound better?

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