Mac users with a cluttered Desktop have one thing in common. Boring blue OS X folders and files scattered all over the Desktop. What this world needs is a good Desktop shelf to store files and folders.
Folders, Meet Shelves
DesktopShelves is a Mac app that truly dares to think differently. For Mac users prone to use the Desktop as a place to store files and folders until later, it’s an app whose time has come.
A folder becomes a Desktop shelf, looks like a Desktop shelf, and works the way you’d think a digital shelf works.
First, DesktopShelves turns a folder into a shelf. Then, as you add files to the folder, it grows to become a larger shelf, but you can see the shelf’s contents.
Instead of having to click and look into each folder to find the file you want, glance at the shelves.
It all works via drag and drop. Drag a file to a shelf, and it displays on the shelf. Grab a snippet of text to a shelf and it gets saved as a new snippet file.
Any folder on the Mac’s Desktop can be opened as a shelf. Use a hotkey combo to bring the Desktop’s shelves to the front of your Mac’s screen.
DesktopShelves is very clever and works well. Shelf folders can be placed anywhere on your Mac. The advantage is that they help to reduce visible screen clutter, and give you a quick view to the shelf’s contents.
I would not recommend DesktopShelves for every folder on your Mac or in your Documents folder. It’s especially handy for Mac users who use the Desktop instead of, say, Finder column view, and it’s a good way to keep frequently used files handy and always visible.