As much as we love all things Apple, sometimes Apple has a very distinct way of doing things that doesn’t make much sense. For example, Apple hides many dozens of secret features that are useful to Mac users.
The hidden additional functionality requires the efforts of Mac app developers to unlock and make available. Here’s a look at DesktopUtility. It’s a simple app that makes easier to use what Apple makes difficult.
DesktopUtility is a Menubar app which gives you one-click access to Show Desktop, Show Invisible Files, Hide or Show the User Library (hidden in OS X Lion and Mountain Lion), and, for some odd reason, Force Empty Trash.
That’s it. Nothing more to see. DesktopUtility is a simple app that performs a few basic functions not easily done is OS X.
Preferences set up how the Menubar works and gives you an option for keyboard shortcuts. Toggling the Desktop’s visibility is very useful. So is Toggle Invisible Files. The Toggle User Library is useful only in Lion and Mountain Lion.
Of course, Apple provides a menu selection to Force Empty Trash, but you’ll have to look for it. These are handy options, so DesktopUtility is priced right (free).
It would also be beneficial to have the app display in the Dock as a standalone app instead of the Menubar. I don’t know about you, but my Menubar is highly cluttered these days.