I like to think that I have a decent and decent desktop, but it gets out of control from time to time and I'm staring at a sea of thumbnails scattered across my MacBook. Withand the new stacks feature, I now have a quick and easy way to bring order to my desktop. Let us immerse ourselves.
Mojave's new stacks feature is just a right click away. Stacks will pick up any files on your desktop and group them into small piles on the right edge of the screen. To use it, just right-click on your desktop and click Use Stacks .
If you are worried about stacks hiding a file that you know could pinpoint if it's missing from your sea of data, do not do that. You can easily revert to the cluttered desktop view you've become accustomed to and from which you can find any file in less than a second. Just right-click on your desktop again and click "Use Stacks" to disable it.
By default, Stacks organizes your files by file type (MacOS "child"). This will make your Word documents in one pile, images in another pile, PDFs in their own stack, and so on. However, you can sort stacks differently. Right-click on your desktop, hover over Group Piles by and select Date of Last Modification, Date Added, Date Modified, Creation Date, and Tags. If, like me, you do not use the MacOS tagging feature, the Tags option is a great way to put all of your files in a single stack with the appropriate title "no tags."
You can scrub a stack to scroll through the thumbnails of the files it contains, but the thumbnails are too small to scrub on at least my 13-inch MacBook Pro devices ($ 1,758 on Amazon.com) Retina Display. To scrub a pile, simply move the mouse over it and wipe it vertically or horizontally with two or three fingers. When you click on the stack, the file of the currently displayed thumbnail is opened.
Click on a stack and it expands to display thumbnails of its files in clean columns. You can then click to open a file or click the stack icon to close the expanded stack.
Paradoxically, Stacks will probably make me clean my desktop, so I can quickly get all my files under the carpet. But at least it makes it easy to find the stuff I've just hidden.
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