When some valuable file is lost I look on the Desktop (usually cluttered), in the Documents folder (takes time to sort through folders), and, well, everywhere and anywhere else on the Mac. Is there a better way to organize files?
3 Steps To Organization Heaven
What I’ve noticed while servicing and maintaining several hundred Macs and even more PCs is that every user organizes files and folders differently.
And, as you might suspect, there’s no single way to organize a Mac that works for everyone. But there are some utilities that help.
Most of us have some kind of organization applied to the files and folders in the Documents folder.
The area of real concern is the Desktop. That’s where everything goes until there’s time to clean and organize, and it doesn’t take more than a couple of very busy days to make the Desktop a visual mess.
Enter the 2 easiest ways to clean up files and folders on a cluttered and disorganized Desktop. The free way is to select all the files and folders and drop them into a single folder to be organized later. It works. It’s free. But it only delays the inevitable.
The other way is to use an app like Easy File Organizer.
This clever app works in a similar way. It’s drag and drop. But it handles the organization duties automatically (after some effort to setup specific rules).
Easy File Organizer can process nearly any number of folders and files. It sorts by file type, creation date, modification date, last access date, and other options.
You create the file classification rules up front. From then forward, Easy File Organizer takes the files and folders you want cleaned up and does the organizational dirty work.
Easy peazy, right?
Therein lies the only real problem with using Easy File Organizer. You have to set it up first, which requires some thought, a little analysis, and some tedious effort (based on the number of files and folders you go through each day).
When set up appropriately, cleaning and organizing a messy Desktop is a simple drag and drop operation. Just in case a valued file or folder is misplaced, there’s a quick way to return it to where it once was.
Other than that initial setup, there’s not much to not like. Mac users afflicted with a bit of OCD or organizational genes will love it.