Apple Tip for Subscribers - 2017 Edition

Does your desktop look like this? And do your folders/files look similar?

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Well, we can fix this. Many people have problems when it comes to organizing the files properly. The biggest hinderance is the fact that it can be time consuming, but in the long run, it will be worth it. For starters, having a desktop full of icons can actually slow down the startup time of your computer. Reason being that when the machine is loading with the Apple logo and progress bar, it begins trying to populate your desktop. If your desktop is convoluted with icons, then your computer has to load each individual icon separately. For that reason, I keep my desktop looking like this:

 

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I keep my desktop completely clear, but it is not an easy task. The best way to do it is to have proper organization within Finder (which is the Application that organizes all of your files and allows you to locate different files within your computer system. It is ALWAYS the application on the far left of your dock (the bar at the bottom of the screen holding your most-used apps).

What I try to do to keep organized, is to first navigate to my Home folder. It is the folder with which contains subfolders called Documents, Pictures, Desktop, Music, etc. Its symbol is a small house and usually states the name of the computer. In my case, as you can see at the top of the window, it is called stuartashenbrenner. 

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Now you can navigate into these subfolders to begin your organization. In order to create a new folder, simply right click in any blank space and select New Folder (the shortcut is Command (⌘) + Shift + N). You can then start creating more subfolder that will allow you to organize your information. Take the example below - you can see how many subfolders I have created to reach the final video file of an experiment I did with the terrible program, MacKeeper. Not only does this allow you to find files quicker, but it is hugely helpful when simply doing day-to-day tasks on your computer.

 

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Hopefully this will help make your life a little easier while using your Mac. If you have any questions, please navigate to our website below and send me an email.