Desktop Icons -> Move 'em Off; Faster

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  1. arn macrumors god

    arn

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    Hey...

    This may be obvious...

    but I had a LOT of desktop icons... I just mass dragged them into the folder, and Finder is MUCH more responsive.

    they accumulated over time, so I must not have noticed.

    But if you've got a ton of icons on your desktop. Just move them into your folder - makes a remarkable amount of difference.

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  2. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    That's so true, I've always tried keeping the bare amount of icons I can on my desktop. It's a habit I picked up from being a PC user since the number of icons on your desktop had a *serious* impact on system response back in the Win 95/98 days. Basically went for any amount of files/icons in any folder, in fact.
     
  3. Jerry Spoon macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the reminder Arn. Mind just build up and I don't always remember to clean house. I'll do it tonight. And I'll pick up my socks too.:D
     
  4. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    i've noticed that keeping less icons on the desktop is a much more common trait among mac users than windows users. someone should do a study on why that is.
     
  5. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    Because we're just cool like that. :cool: I notice that, too, however. One of my PC friends literally has his desktop completely covered in icons, it's absolutely sickening!
     
  6. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    Mmmm... I like to have none on my desktop.

    Long live the Dock and Launchbar!



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  7. Mudbug Administrator emeritus

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    I've noticed the same thing - many mac users keep their desktops relatively clean, including people like myself that have NO icons on the screen at all (cleanliness is next to godliness :))

    arn being the apparent exception to the rule, until recently. ;) My wife's laptop would have a lot more icons on the desktop if I didn't come behind her and clean it up from time to time. She just doesn't care or doesn't notice. I can't stand it - everything needs a home, to be categorized. Otherwise, chaos takes over.

    Or is it chaosmint, arn? ;)
     
  8. NavyIntel007 macrumors 65816

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    I never have any icons on my desktop. Even in my PC days. I couldn't stand them. They slowed everything down. Now Arn, does the amount of icons in the dock also affect the speed of the finder? Should I be dropping some of those icons too?
     
  9. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

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    I don't think so, Navy. The dock is a different process than the Finder is.
     
  10. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    I think it does affect the speed of the dock, but the only noticible speed issue overall should be when using magnification...

    i hate cluttered desktops, have always been pretty good about it... especially when i see a 17" gateway monitor with a hundred icons strewn about... how can you deal with that confusion? i find myself cleaning other people's desktops when i'm at them... which doesn't always amuse people (i forget, some people actually use all those preinstalled shortcuts :rolleyes:)...

    pnw
     
  11. NavyIntel007 macrumors 65816

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    My dad can't stand it when I do that. But it's so unorganized. Of course... so is his desk at his office.
     
  12. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

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    To each their own, I suppose. Icons only seem to slow things down and take over the desktop in my eyes.
     
  13. XnavxeMiyyep macrumors 65816

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    My desktop and my computer files in general are the only things that i keep organised.
     
  14. irmongoose macrumors 68030

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    I just wish Apple would add spring-load to the dock... it would make it much more useful.... but of course, not as useful as LaunchBar! :p



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