There is one thing that really stood out in the past year while helping some of my fellow Mac users solve or troubleshoot a problem with their computers or software. Cluttered desktops.
And I don’t mean one or two items, I mean about 50 to 100 items sitting on their desktops.
A visual nightmare. I’ve never understood how one can work like this, but I see it all the time.
Personally, I’ve always looked at the computers hard drive as a filing cabinet, with dividers and folders within. Having items residing on the desktop is like physically having stacks of folders and papers bubbling out of and on top of that file cabinet, clutter.
Aside from wasted time rustling through folders and files trying to find the right one on the desktop, and yes, I do know that some people specialize in organized clutter; there’s another reason you might not want to purposely clutter your desktop.
The Finder will treat any file or folder on the desktop as a Window. With too many files and folders cluttering your desktop, your computers performance will suffer. There, if a cluttered desktop doesn’t bother you, I know that a slower computer will.
If there’s a need to have quick access from the desktop to a folder within the hard drive, like the Documents folder, create an alias of that folder and only have the alias residing on the desktop. It’s like creating a portal. And, while it makes the desktop more clutter free, it eases up on the work the Finder has to do.