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How do I get terminal to show Desktop$ as in the video?

For some reason I see this: cesars-MBP:desktop delavegacesar$

And not just: Desktop$ as it shows on the video... Help?

2 Answers

Cesar, Anything before the $ is just a personalization thing based on your computer. It doesn't affect the commands you type. To get your terminal to the right place, just type:

cd ~/desktop

(Note: that's a tilde character up there, not a hyphen.) Any subsequent commands you type into the terminal (like mkdir myNewFolder) will be directed toward that current directory, which is the Desktop of your computer, same as in the video.

If you ever don't know where you are in your terminal, just type:


It stands for "print working directory." The response will show you what directory your terminal is pointing to at that moment. If it says something like /Users/[your username]/desktop, then you're in the right place.

Hope this helps!

Thank you! Very helpful answer.