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get desktop items to appear on left side by default instead of right

chabig

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Sep 6, 2002
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You would have to switch back to Windows, where the desktop icons appear on the left side by default. It does that because early in computer industry history, Microsoft set about copying the Mac, but to prevent accusations of direct copying they pretty much built it as an upside-down and backwards copy of the Mac.

If you consider how western culture communicates, we read left to right and top to bottom. That makes the top and left side real estate more valuable. Thus, Mac apps open windows at the top and left by default. The right side of the screen was therefore more open and available, and it makes sense that icons go over there. Windows has it backwards.

You might appreciate these tips for Windows switchers: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204216
 

jbarley

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Jul 1, 2006
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So the OP wants something like this...
doable maybe, just not practical.

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fisherking

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Jul 16, 2010
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anyone can move their desktop icons to the left. the point seems to be, when you make a new folder (for example) it shows up on the right. outside of an app (or hack?)... no way to default to the left.
 

RayBir

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Mar 14, 2019
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When i right click on the "left" side of the desktop to add a new folder, it appears.... on the left side, allways has done. Just a matter of moving it where i want and then "cleaning up".

Just my two pennies worth.
 
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fisherking

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When i right click on the "left" side of the desktop to add a new folder, it appears.... on the left side, allways has done. Just a matter of moving it where i want and then "cleaning up".

Just my two pennies worth.

does no one read the OP post? of course that happens, and, of course, you move things to the left (or to the center, or top, or bottom, or...). this is not the same as items defaulting to the left...
 

RayBir

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Mar 14, 2019
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does no one read the OP post? of course that happens, and, of course, you move things to the left (or to the center, or top, or bottom, or...). this is not the same as items defaulting to the left...
You said it defaults to the right when you create a new folder, which is correct, but using the mouse you can click on the left and thats where it will be. Thats why i don't use the "normal" method: "file/new folder". Another wasted 2 pennies.

Anyway, seems like there is no solution as per the request..... i guess.
 

fisherking

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Jul 16, 2010
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You said it defaults to the right when you create a new folder, which is correct, but using the mouse you can click on the left and thats where it will be. Thats why i don't use the "normal" method: "file/new folder". Another wasted 2 pennies.

Anyway, seems like there is no solution as per the request..... i guess.

fair enough. making a new folder from the menu puts it on the right; right-click puts it near the cursor...
 
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