We keep music in iTunes which is in the Music folder, right? We keep photos in iPhoto, which is in the Pictures folder, right? Keep agreeing with me. It’s good for my complexion.
And, we keep movie clips in iMovie which is in the Movies folder. Documents go in the Documents folder, which Apple says we can organize on our own. What about everything else? What’s left over gets dumped onto the Mac’s Desktop.
2 Ways To Clean The Mac’s Desktop
As Mac360’s bona fide Value Vixen™, I’m here to tell you about a file management method that’s tried and true and totally free. In all likelihood you use my method already.
How it works in the real world is the same as in the digital world. In the real world, we keep stuff on top of our desks until it gets cluttered.
Then, we bring in an empty copier paper box, and push everything from the top of the desk into the box (or, into the top drawer). Easy. Free.
For the Mac we can do the same thing. Let the Mac’s Desktop get cluttered up with files, photos, snippets, images, folders, and whatever, then, when the clutter is worse than Madonna’s wrinkles, we just create a new folder and drag and drop all the clutter inside.
Easy. Free. But there’s a better way. It’s called FileMyFiles. This OCD-inspired Mac app cleans up all the clutter on your Desktop with one click. You can even schedule it to organize files and folders.
Wait. There’s more. If you use FileMyFiles tonight, operators are not standing by to give you a list of all the other features you need. Check the Mac folders you want to file files.
That’s easy enough, but there’s more. Options. You want options? FindMyFiles gives you options to change file names with a whole assortment of handy functions.
Change file names with a click. Change uppercase to lowercase. Replace file names with a different string of text. As an added bonus, like when Madonna kisses a girl at a concert, you can change the file’s extension. Not just one file. Many files in a folder.
If you’re busy housecleaning your Mac, start by eliminating unused apps and their associated files.
Guess what? FindMyFiles does that, too. And, it even pulls a Sean Penn maneuver and throws out the Trash.
What I like most about FindMyFiles is the simple way it cleans files off the Desktop.
Compare that to my previous method which is to drag and drop everything on the Desktop into a new folder and promising myself that I’ll look at the files and do something with them before our youngest is graduated from high school (she’s six).
The change file names option is handy but there are other apps that do the same thing better, and cost less.
Ditto for the functionality that deletes an app and the app’s related files and folders. Better options are available for less money. And it’s difficult to imagine why someone would charge your for the functionality of emptying files and folders from the Mac’s Trash.
If necessity is the mother of invention, then someone needed money so they invented an app that does what other apps do for free.