This has been bugging me for a while now, but I just figured out how to stop zooming the icon size on my Desktop in Mac OS X 10.6.

Go to System Preferences : Trackpad and deselect Pinch Open & Close. (Though I do wonder what else I disabled.)
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Stop the Zoom

Source: Brandon/Apple

Stop the Zoom

Thanks to getrfreakon from the MacRumors Forums for the tip.

3 replies
  1. Christopher Thomas
    Christopher Thomas says:

    Although I will point out that this will disable ALL pinch and zoom, not just for the desktop.

    I hate it on my desktop, but I use it in other apps, I really dislike how mac is not configurable in this respect, why can’t I disable it JUST on the desktop, who zooms their desktop anyway, it’s not exactly common behaviour….

  2. D. Marie
    D. Marie says:

    Disable Pinch Zoom in the Trackpad option. Then in an app do a CMD plus + to zoom in or CMD plus to Zoom out.

    • Brandon Muramatsu
      Brandon Muramatsu says:

      By 10.8 (and perhaps earlier) Apple fixed the zooming icons on the Desktop so I don’t think there’s a need to disable it completely now. (Unless you want to disable it for more than just the obnoxious icon zooming that was bugging me in 10.6.)

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