Beside keeping things tidy, there is a quirk in Mac OS X that makes your computer run a little slower for each file on your Desktop.
Try these actions to give your Desktop a makeover:
- Only save files that are likely to be temporary to your Desktop. If you know that you will need to keep a file, save it in your Documents folder.
- Right-click on the desktop and choose "Show View Options." Check "Show item info", Show icon preview", and "Keep arranged by Name." Select Label position to be "Right." These view options will snap your icons into an organized list and show you more information about the files without needing to open them.
- Go to Finder Preferences and to the General section. Uncheck all the "Show these items on the Desktop" checkboxes. Your hard drives, CD and connected servers are all shown in the Finder Sidebar so they don't need to be on the desktop as well.
- Create a folder called "_Desktop Items" on your Desktop. (That is an underscore character at the beginning of the filename. That will insure that your _Desktops items folder will always be at the top of the list of files.
- The files you don't need anymore, drag to the Trash.
- The files you need to keep, drag to your Documents folder
- If you aren't sure or just want to keep a file in limbo, drag it to the _Desktop Items folder for later sorting. (Danger: If all you do is drag all the files off of your desktop and into the _Desktop Items folder, then all you have done is moved your mess from one place to another. Use the _Desktop Items folder sparingly.)