Here’s an AppleScript I use to quickly toggle desktop visibility for taking screenshots and recording screencasts that I thought might be useful for others.
Copy and paste the code into AppleScript Editor, or your editor of choice, compile and save. As always, scripts like this work best using FastScripts from Red Sweater Software.
on run tell application "System Events" set frontMostApp to name of the first process whose frontmost is true end tell try set theDefault to ((do shell script "defaults read com.apple.finder CreateDesktop") as integer) as boolean on error -- if the default value doesn't already exist, create it... do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop 1" set theDefault to ((do shell script "defaults read com.apple.finder CreateDesktop") as integer) as boolean end try do shell script "defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop " & (((not theDefault) as integer) as string) tell application "Finder" to quit delay 1 tell application "Finder" to launch tell application frontMostApp to activate end run
Note: This single script turns off the desktop if it’s on, and turns it on if it’s off – just to clear up the question should it need to be asked.