The computer desktop most often is used for displaying folders and icons, along with a user-chosen background. This leaves unused space, particularly for users who keep their desktop free of clutter. GeekTool is a program for Mac OS X that addresses this issue by allowing users to embed text files, images and custom scripts directly into the desktop without the need to open a separate program.
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Things you need
- Mac OS X computer
Open the downloaded GeekTool.prefPane icon
Select whether GeekTool should be installed for only the current user or all users.
Open and manage the GeekTool settings through the OS X System Preferences window.
Prepare a text file for display through GeekTool. This can be a to-do list, system log file such as /var/log/system.log, list of upcoming appointments and birthdays or any text file on your computer.
Select the "File Plugin" through the GeekTool preference pane.
Choose the text file to display.
Embedding Notepad onto Desktop
Tips and warnings
- GeekTool can display a wide range of scripts, files and graphs. Experiment to find what works for your set-up, and see the Resources section of this guide for examples from others.
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