How to stop flashing

Your desktop in macOS Sonoma, that is.

Aside from the great aerial screensavers — which are as mesmeric as the screensavers on Apple TV — one of the best new features in macOS Sonoma is “flashing” your desktop.

Clicking anywhere on the desktop immediately hides all your open windows.

The idea is to show any desktop widgets or shortcuts you’ve installed. (Support for desktop widgets is new in Sonoma.)

Personally, I love this handy new feature. But apparently, lots of folks don’t. The socials and forums are full of people complaining that the new functionality is jarring and annoying.

If that’s you, there’s a way to turn it off. It’s actually a bit hidden away, but here’s how to do it.

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