Web Developer & Photographer

Have you ever looked at your desktop and wandered how much junk is on it? If you do see lots of items on your desktop, then continue reading this article. The desktop is just a place to put recent items you need or for a file that you didn’t have enough time to put away. Here’s how to clean up your desktop:

  1. Let’s say you have a folder full of pictures or just pictures themselves.
  2. Drag the folder or picture onto the iPhoto icon in your dock.
  3. iPhoto will automatically import the photos.
  4. Once finished importing all of your photos into iPhoto, drag the folders you used into the Trash icon on your dock.
  5. Next, see if you have any folders with documents or just documents themselves.
  6. Drag the folder or document into the Documents folder inside Finder.
  7. Now, most of the folders and files on your desktop should be gone.
  8. If you notice any more pictures or documents that are not assigned to a folder, either drag them into the iPhoto icon to import it, or if it’s a document, drag it into Finder’s Documents folder.
  9. That should have cleaned off almost all of your desktop except for some of the default icons.
  10. Personally, I have no need for the Hard-drive icon because Finder is already in my dock and it does the same thing.
  11. If you prefer to remove the Hard-drive icon, go to the Finder and click on Preferences under the Finder menu.
  12. In the window that pops-up, go to the General section and uncheck “Hard disks”.
  13. You may also uncheck CD’s DVD’s, and iPods, and Connected servers, if you don’t want to see those when they are connected or loaded onto your Mac.
  14. If you like having items on your desktop, just make sure you have them in a neat order.
  15. To put desktop items in order, go to Finder and click on View Options in the View Menu.
  16. In the View Options window that appears, check off “Keep arranged by:” and choose an option from the drop down menu below. This will place all of the items on your desktop in order.

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