Manually aligning icons/folders on desktop

Discussion in 'macOS' started by batmura, Apr 21, 2018.

  1. batmura macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2015

    I have some folders on my desktop which I do not want sorted by name or date, but the folders are not symmetrically aligned. Whenever I open or drag a folder, it won't show that line like it does in KeyNote so I know it will be symmetrical.

    Is there any way I could align them symmetrically on my desktop? And I don't want everything aligned per se, say, just the folders the right of the desktop.

    Hope this makes sense.
  2. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    If you hold the command key while you drag, the icons will snap to an invisible grid when the button is released.
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    The folders will also (probably) sort automatically if you do that with more than one folder at a time.
    You can prevent that by going to View Options when on your Desktop. Click the Sort By, and change it to "None"

    And, you can also Command click a few folders that you want to line up, then go to the View menu, and click "Clean Up"
    That step will sometimes cause one or more folders to fly across the screen, so if you have a LOT of folders on the desktop (like I often do), you may want to be prepared to hunt for that folder. "fine-tuning" folder positions using that "Clean Up" menu command does sometimes need a bit of pre-planning, if you don't want folders flying all over the screen.

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