Mac newbie..How to make "Macintosh HD" icon STICK in upper left of screen?

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  1. andysc macrumors regular

    andysc

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    Hi guys,

    I just got a new iMac not too long ago.

    I trying to make the Macintosh HD icon stick in the top left corner of the screen (a la Windows). However, after I reboot, the Macintosh HD icon automatically restores itself to the top right corner of the screen.

    Am I doing something wrong? Is there a solution?

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    i dont' think there is a way, i'll keep looking and let you know if i find anything, i don't think you can though.
     
  3. z00y0rk macrumors member

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    First drag what you want where you want it. Next right click the background-> click show view options -> check off snap to grid. It should stay in place after that. If it doesn't, sorry i dont know what else to do.
     
  4. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    The right side of the desktop is where Mac icons are supposed to go. Has been that way long before Windows even had icons to put anywhere. Thus there isn't a setting to have icons default to the left.
     
  5. WillJS macrumors 65816

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    Getting a Mac is to change ways, thus, the place where icons are.:p
     
  6. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    agreed. if this bug you, you gonna have to change lots of things in OS X.
     
  7. CEAbiscuit macrumors 6502a

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    Being right handed, I always like having my icons on the right. Just flows better. We may be talking to a left handed mouse user... either way there's no way to change it.
     
  8. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    thats what i was thinking, just like how in movies if the camera pans to follow a person, it almost allways goes left to right, unless they're trying to make you feel uncomfortable, like in a horror movie.

    The world is designed for right handed people basically.
     
  9. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I hate the way the disk icons always go on the right. That's where my dock is, and I don't like the two bumping in to each other.

    In fact, I hate it so much, I just set my preferences to not show the disk icons on the desktop at all. Life is better that way. It takes a little getting used to, but you can always just open up a finder window if you need access to the disks.
     
  10. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Why don't you just move the dock to either the bottom or left? :confused:
     
  11. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    When i used windows I basically used it like that because the start menu makes it so that you don't ever really need a link to the HD very often.
    You can also just click the finder icon in the dock and set it so that it automatically opens to the HD.
     
  12. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    A similar thing can be done by simply clicking on the finder icon in the dock, which will open a finder window, from which you can navigate to anything.
     
  13. jsalzer macrumors 6502a

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    Send Your Problem to Me

    I think your Mac has to have a talk with all of mine. I don't know what it is, but none of my 3 Macs can keep the MacHD icon in the upper right. It keeps everything else where I left them, but the MacHD always icon always lands at the "first available empty space" location - even though the upper right-hand corner is completely empty.

    And, no, I don't have the snap to grid on. I have icons all over the place.

    My MacHD icon just hates me. :(

    Though now that I talk about it out loud (er - type it out loud), I wonder if it only behaves when you run at full resolution (which I don't do - I can't handle things that tiny). I'll have to go to full res before I shut down tonight and see what happens in the morning. ;)
     
  14. yamabushi macrumors 65816

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    A suggestion

    If you want things placed in familiar places you could try one other trick that many Mac users use. Just take your Applications folder and drop it in the dock. When you click and hold on it the contents will open up in boxes you can select from in a similar fashion to the programs in Windows.

    I usually also place the dock on the left side so that the boxes and their subfolders display from left to right.

    One major difference between OSX and Windows is that the menu boxes are updated as you modify the contents of your applications folder automatically - you dont have to mess with anything like shortcuts.
     
  15. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    I don't want it on the bottom because it takes up too much vertical space. I'm a writer, so most of my documents are tall and skinny -- I want as much vertical space as possible. On the left is no good because that interferes with toolbars and the apple menu. So that leaves the right.
     
  16. Foxglove9 macrumors 65816

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    I have the opposite problem. My HD icon, always appears on the left side of the screen when I do a reboot or a startup. And every time I drag it to the upper right corner and every time it repositions to the left of the screen. The HD's are the only icons it does that too (I have a 2nd HD). Kinda bugs me, but not a huge deal to just drag it back over. It's not like I have to ever restart that often.
     
  17. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Do you hide the Dock? If so, it shouldn't take up any space at all on the bottom of the screen.
     
  18. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    You know you can resize and hide the Dock. You can also resize it to be really small and have the icons "magnify" when you hover your mouse over them so you can see what they are.
     
  19. whaleboy macrumors member

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    Same problem here... on a widesceen macbook the right or left is the best (for me) place for the dock, and the right is much more comfortable. Problem is the Macintosh HD icon isists on being in the upper right and actually overlaps the dock... kinda sloppy looking and in the way. You'd think those two parts of the interface would be a little more aware of eachother.

    Every other aspect of the interface is customizable, why not that? I'd much rather have the disk icons on the bottom, or at the very least, not overlapping the dock...

    -David
     
  20. cp1160 macrumors newbie

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    Making Disk Icons "Permanent"

    I've used this trick to make sure Disk Icons show up in the same place everytime I reboot.

    1) Select the Hard Drive Icon you want to keep in the same place.
    2) Make an Alias of the Icon (Command L, Finder Function, etc.)
    3) Drag the Alias Icon to the location on the screen you want it to appear.
    4) Repeat for all Hard Drives that should appear on the desktop.
    5) Select Finder, then Select Preferences under File Menu in Finder (not the System Preferences under the Apple Icon).
    6) Deselect the Hard Disk Option under "Show These Items on the Desktop". I've noticed under Tiger lately that external Fire Wire Drives still appear after making the change - they seem to be treated as "CDs, DVDs, and iPods" and will disappear if these options are deselected. This change could cause issues with inserted CDs or DVDS - but the discs will appear in a separate Finder window still.

    If you did not select all, go back to the Finder Preferences and make the Hard Drive items appear on the desktop and create the appropriate Alias items.

    At least this works for me!

    John
     
  21. jsalzer macrumors 6502a

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    Good Call

    You know - sometimes it's the simple solutions that completely evade notice. Thanks, Bud!

    :D
     
  22. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Desktop Icons belong on the right side. Regardless of what OS you're using. Besides, who uses the desktop anyways? (I know I'll get hell for saying that)
     
  23. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I'm surprised at how many people are so stuck in their ways that they need to have their icons in the same spot.

    Is it really that hard to look on the other side of the screen?
     
  24. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Well if you're used to looking at the icon on the right of the screen and it suddenly moved to the left of the screen it would take some getting used to and it would be harder than if it had always on the left. It's just like if you drive a European car for 10 years and you suddenly buy an American car, the steering wheel is on the opposite side of the car so it is harder and takes some getting used to.
     
  25. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I think there's quite a big difference between the two.

    Considering most Mac users (and other sane individuals) have less than 5 icons on their desktop, it's usually not that hard to fine them, no matter where they are on the screen. ;)
     

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