Don't leave your Mac desktop untidy and cluttered - clean it up today!

Your Mac's desktop is where you do a lot of your work. Many of us have a tendency to use it to keep files we access frequently, piling them on until your desktop becomes a hot mess. Do yourself a favor and take a few minutes to clean up your Mac desktop, then use these tips to keep it tidy in the future.

Rather than just leaving every file on the desktop, group them into folders. Folders make it easier to keep track of related items.

How to organize desktop items into folders

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. Click on the File menu.
  3. Select New Folder. (Alternately, hold down the command and shift keys and type n.)

  4. That will create a new folder on your desktop. Name the folder.
  5. Drag the files you'd like to include in the new folder. Also, if you select a number of icons on the desktop you'd like to group together and go to the File menu, choose New folder with selection to create a new folder that includes those items.

You can also have the Finder align and sort items to keep them a bit neater to begin with.

How to align and sort desktop items automatically

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. Select the View menu.
  3. Click on Clean Up By.
  4. Options include cleaning up by name, kind, date created, date modified, size and tags. Select the criterion you'd like to clean up the icons by. The Finder will do the rest.

  5. Selecting Sort By will keep items on the desktop automatically sorted by the criteria you set. If the icons have gone a bit askew, select Snap to Grid to get them to fall into a geometric pattern.

You can also adjust the size of the icons, spacing of the grid and other settings.

How to customize desktop view options in the Finder

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. Select the View menu.
  3. Select Show View Options. (Alternately, hold down the command key and type j.)
  4. You can adjust icon size from small to large, adjust grid spacing, increase or decrease the size of label text and its position on the bottom or the right of the icon, and other criteria.