Or­ga­nize your desk­top with Stacks

Ro­man Loy­ola shows how to sort out a clut­tered desk­top

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The desk­top is a con­ve­nient place to save files. You can get to the file you need quickly; it’s right there on the desk­top, and you don’t need to sift through fold­ers. Prob­lem is, the desk­top can get very clut­tered, and your ac­cess ef­fi­ciency di­min­ishes ev­ery time you save a file to the desk­top with­out re­mov­ing one.

The new desk­top Stacks fea­ture in macOS Mo­jave helps or­ga­nize the clut­ter. (It’s ac­tu­ally

not a brand-new fea­ture; Stacks made its first

ap­pear­ance in the OS X Dock. You can choose

to have a group of items in the Dock ap­pear as a

Folder or as a Stack. The desk­top im­ple­men­ta­tion

is new, though. As the name im­plies, Stacks puts

your desk­top files into stacks. When you click on a

stack, it ex­pands to show the in­di­vid­ual files. You

can also scrub through a stack of files to find the

one you need.

Turn on Stacks

1. In the Fin­der, click on View in the menu bar

(see be­low).

2. Se­lect Use Stacks. By de­fault, the Mac cre­ates

Stacks, which group the files by Kind. The Stacks

ap­pear on the right side.

Open a file us­ing Stacks

1. Click on a Stack. It will ex­pand to show the en­closed files.

2. Double-click the file you want to open with the de­fault app for that file type. Or right-click the file, se­lect Open With, and then choose the app you want to use. You can also use Quick Look on a file by press­ing the space bar.

3. The Stack will stay ex­panded even af­ter you open your file. To close the Stack, you need to click the Stack icon, which will be shad­owed.

Scrub a Stack and open a file

1. Move your cur­sor over the Stack you want to look at.

2. If you are us­ing a Track­pad, slide two fin­gers left or right to scrub through a Stack. If you are us­ing a Magic Mouse, use one fin­ger.

Change how Stacks are grouped

1. Turn on Stacks, as de­scribed above.

2. Click on View.

3. Click on Group Stacks By.

4. A pop-up menu will ap­pear. Choose to group your

Stacks by Kind, Date Last Opened, Date Added, Date Mod­i­fied, Date Cre­ated, or by Tags.

You can also change the Stacks group­ing by right-click­ing on a Stack, and then se­lect­ing Group Stacks By. You’ll see the same pop-up menu of group­ing choices as de­scribed in Step 4.



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