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Annoyed? How to disable ‘Click wallpaper to reveal desktop’ in macOS Sonoma

With macOS Sonoma, when you click on your Mac’s Desktop, all open windows are hidden. I find this very annoying.

I guess Apple’s goal is to spotlight the widgets and shortcuts on your desktop. But if, like me, you don’t like the feature, it can be disabled. Here’s how:

° Click on the Apple logo in the top-left corner of your Mac display.

° Choose System Settings.

° On the left sidebar, click Desktop & Dock.

Desktop & Dock
Desktop & Dock

° Under Desktop & Stage Manager, click the dropdown menu to the right of “Click wallpaper to reveal desktop.”

Desktop & Stage Manager
Desktop & Stage Manager

° In the dropdown menu, click from Always to Only In Stage Manager.

Only In Stage Manager
Only In Stage Manager

Voila! Now your Mac performs as it did pre-Sonoma, at least with this feature. With this option chosen, the window-hiding feature is only active when you have Stage Manager turned on. (And I suspect not many of us are using Stage Manager anyway.)

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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  • Thanks for sharing this. An issue remains though, even after turnin off the reveal feature. Prior to Sonoma, if you clicked the desktop, it would ‘select’ the, which would then allow you to hit Command+N, for example, to open a new Finder window.

    In Somona, even after turning off this ridiculous “reveal’ feature, selecting the desktop does not change the current app to, so you have to Alt+tab or get to another way, before you can then press Command+N, for example, for a new windows.

    Alas, we do not have the pre-Somona config sorted, just yet, saldy.