Through the day we’re gathering and storing notes, files, links, photos, PDFs, and more– and often they are all dumped onto the Mac’s Desktop with the thought of cleaning it up later– but later never comes. That screen clutter can be uncluttered with an app called Unclutter.
Declutter? Or, Unclutter?
A wide variety of Mac applications which claimed to organize my life have taken root on my Mac only to be uprooted and deleted after a trial period. Most of the apps that organize a Mac user’s files have rigid rules and a set methodology that must be adhered to for it to work.
Unclutter is a relatively inexpensive and elegant Mac app which does not impose a laundry list of rules on you or your cluttered pile of files and folders. Instead, Unclutter gives you a few basic ways to manage all those files and snippets and links and files that cross your eyeballs during the day but need a place to stay.
Move your mouse or Mac pointer to the top of the screen and scroll back to reveal this drop down pane with Clipboard, Files, and Notes. Easy peasy and 1, 2, 3 easy.
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There’s a simple pop-down Notes section, accessible with a click. There’s a Files section which captures and holds the files that come to your Mac’s Desktop. Finally, there’s a built-in Clipboard manager which captures all the text, URL’s, sentences, paragraphs, and snippets of anything that you copy.
Combined, the three sections of Unclutter work to unclutter your Mac’s Desktop without befuddling you with a list of rules you need to learn.
Here’s a close up of each segment of the three-pane panel.
Opening Unclutter couldn’t be much easier, either. Again, move the screen pointer to the top of the Mac’s screen and scroll down. Then, simply drag and drop files, snippets, URLs, photos, or anything else into the Files or Notes section.
Items you cut or copy are stored in the Clipboard manager. That makes Unclutter act like a digital pocket to store items that cross your eyeballs each day, and it combines a sweet and simple workflow that fits most Mac users, improves productivity, and gets out of your way while you’re busy working on something else.
And, as with all good Mac utilities, Unclutter comes with a free try-before-you-buy version.