As a kid, I never quite understood how quickly my room got so messy while growing up. What I did know is that my mom wouldn’t let me leave the house until my cluttered mess was cleaned up just right.
Just like my chaotic room as a kid, today documents, pictures and other files pile up as we save them to our desktops. There are some simple ways that you can get your desktop cleaned up right now. Here are some of my tips for cleaning up your Mac and PC desktop.
Mom, you would be so proud of these easy ways to de-clutter the digital room on your desktop.
Macs are great devices for staying organized. However, not all Mac users may be aware of this unique shortcut that makes it even easier to keep all your files neatly organized and easily accessible on your desktop.
Stacks is a feature exclusive to Mac computers that was introduced in macOS Mojave and later versions. It allows you to quickly organize the files on your desktop by stacking them into a pile. Once the files are stacked, you can then choose how you want them stacked by grouping them into different categories. Here’s how to use the Stacks feature on your Mac computer.
How to use Stacks on a Mac computer:
Create your own folders.
If you don’t want everything stacked, you can simply create your own folders on your Mac desktop and place each file into its designated folder. I would also recommend giving each folder a tag. Mac computers offer tags in different colors so that you can visually differentiate each folder. It also gives tags labeled Home, Work, or Important if you’d rather use those labels.
How to make a new folder on a Mac:
Unfortunately, the PC does not offer a feature like Stacks that would allow you to put all your loose files into one big pile quickly. However, you can still apply a few other ways that you can get your PC organized fast, including the Sort by feature.
Use Sort by.
“Sort by” is a quick way to at least get your files organized either by name, size, item type, or date modified. Doing this first might help you to view all your files more easily and then get them further organized into some folders.
How to enable “Sort by” on a PC:
Create your own folders.
Once you have your files sorted the way you want, you can put them into designated folders so that your desktop doesn’t look as cluttered. The process for making a new folder is super simple.
How to create a new folder on a PC desktop:
Change your desktop view.
If you don’t want to see any icons on your desktop at all, but you don’t want to delete your files, you can hide them from your view.
How to change your desktop view:
We all deserve to have a neat and clean desktop without having to be overwhelmed by all the files we have on our devices. By following the steps above, whether you have a Mac or a PC, you too can keep your desktop spick and span, never having to waste time searching through them all again.
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