July 2, 2022

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Clean up your Mac — How to declutter your digital desktop

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None of us have the time to organize all of the files we create on our Mac every day. But it doesn’t take long for your desktop and the rest of the Finder app to look like a digital dumping ground with an endless stack of screenshots, notes you typed in a hurry, installers you forgot about once the program was up and running, and much more. Fortunately, there are easy automated fixes for decluttering your Mac.

Clearing clutter on a macOS only takes a few clicks, thanks to features rolled out by Apple and apps from a few  third-party organizations. With these solutions, you can instantly bring order to your files and the tons of app windows you have open. Most importantly, once these apps tidy up your existing mess, they continue to run and keep your Mac’s clutter from getting out of control again. Here’s how to get started cleaning up your macOS laptop or desktop.

Sort your files in stacks

Your Mac can take a messy folder and instantly sort all the files inside into groups. On your desktop, for instance, if you’ve got dozens of unorganized screenshots, you can neatly stack all their thumbnails into one expandable icon. Similarly, inside the Finder app, macOS can divide the items into groups based on their extensions, dates, and more, so that it’s simpler for you to navigate.

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To stack files on your Mac’s desktop, right-click on empty space and select “Use Stacks.” Your Mac will sort your desktop files into various stacks. Screenshots will go under “Screenshots,” pictures under “Images,” and so on. For stacking desktop files by their dates, use the “Group Stacks By” option in the right-click menu.

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Mac’s stack feature only works on the desktop. In order to automatically group files in Finder, you’ll need to right-click in a folder, and click “Use Groups.” For switching the criteria for the groups, go into the right-click menu > Group by.

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