Crowded Desktop

I did Mac tech support for years. One thing that drove me crazy was working with someone’s computer (usually a Mac laptop) with the Desktop completely covered with files and folders all over the place. Sometimes the files and folders are stacked on each other. How people can work like that, I will never know, but they do. Maybe because of my tech experiences or just because I am (not perfectly by a long shot) organized, I like to keep my Desktop as empty as possible. There is one helpful way to do that.

Finder Preferences

I run several external hard drives on my iMac for various purposes. Many of them are different backups, but some of them are just for storage. The problem with that for me is they crowd my Desktop. I really don’t need to have all my hard dives showing on the Desktop. So, the best way to fix that is to remove them in “Finder Preferences”.

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Just click on “External disks” to remove all your disks from your Desktop.

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You don’t really need to have Cds, DVDs and iPods checked either, so turn it off also. 

Here is what my Desktop looks like with all the hard drives showing.

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Here is what it looks like with all the hard drives not showing.

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At least it is not quite as cluttered. I don’t suppose this is a really big deal, but if you are using a Mac laptop, it might save you some vaulable screen real estate.

As far as hard drives go, I can always access them in the “Finder Window Sidebar”.

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Obviously, you can turn off Locations in the Sidebar, but it might be handy to just leave that section activated.


If you are using a Mac with a smaller screen, it is helpful to carve out as much screen space as you can.