Folder auto arrange and system clean-up questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by boydcake, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. boydcake macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2010
    New to Mac and have two questions...

    1: I can't seem to find a way to disable folders from auto-arranging themselves. I want to organize some of my folders randomly but I can only seem to arrange them by Name, Date, Label, etc. Some direction would be helpful, as I haven't used anything but Windows until now.

    2: In Windows I had System Clean-Up and System Defrag to help maintain and keep my system organized/clean. Does OS X have similar programs or is there any other type of program Mac has for users maintain their system?

    The help is much appreciated!
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    View -> Show View Options -> Arrange by -> None/Snap to Grid

    No. The utilities that come with your Mac are there to fix problems when they occur, not to perform preventative maintenance. It takes care of all of that itself.
  3. kjohansen macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2008
    Your saying that it fixes file permissions and cleans out caches, temp files all it's own?
  4. Mac-Michael macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2010
    BlueRevolution is right - you don't need to do preventative maintenance, but since you're new to macs and used to windows you'll need some time to realize it. In the meantime use this
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I agree with all of that except the first word. There are in fact applications that will Optimize your hard drive. I use TechTool Pro for that, but most of the time when I check it, it's being pretty well maintained on its own. I'll still optimize when I'm in the mood, and there's enough fragmentation to warrant doing so. It's by far much less than in OS9.

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