Default desktop placement for icons

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by BeRniTo, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. BeRniTo, Feb 23, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2014

    BeRniTo macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013
    Hello everybody!

    It's been two months since I'm enjoying my first Mac (MBP 13''late 2013) and I didn't install any VM with Windows yet. :)

    I was customising it with GeekTool when I realised that if I connect a new device, an external hard drive for example, an icon appears on the desktop in the top right corner.
    The same thing happens if I copy/move/create a file from the Terminal window.

    I've been searching, without luck, how to change the default location they are created (to the left instead of to the right). I moved my Mac drive icon to the top left corner so they should stack under it.

    How can I accomplish this? :confused:
  2. Partron22, Feb 24, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2014

    Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    Haven't seen an App that'll do what you want in a long time.
    But you can roll your own using AppleScript.
    Here's a start:
    set drivename to "Titan" -- Put Your drive's name here
    set wantedlocation to {100, 100} -- Put where you want it on the desktop here
    tell application id "" -- NOT System events -- It doesn't keep track of desktop position
    	-- set z to desktop position of disk drivename 
    	set desktop position of disk drivename to wantedlocation
    	set z to properties of disk drivename -- extra, is not really needed
    end tell
    return z
  3. BeRniTo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013
    Thanks for your reply, Partron22! :)

    I didn't learn Apple Script yet but it's a must to me. :D

    I can't believe there's no way to do this over a System Preference or by a Terminal command. I mean, how does OSX determine where to place new icons on the desktop and why it starts from right to left instead of left to right? :confused:

    Moreover, every Windows user should ask "why are desktop icons on the right and not on the left?"! :p

    How come I'm the first one to ask this? :eek:
  4. BeRniTo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013
    So there's no easy way of doing this like, let say, a terminal command? :confused:

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