Organize your desktop with Stacks
Roman Loyola shows how to sort out a cluttered desktop
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
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.