What do you use your OS X desktop for?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kylera, Apr 1, 2017.

  1. kylera macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Do you keep files on it? Is it always empty? Is it a photo slideshow?
  2. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
  3. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    Pretty much anything you can think of.
    Photo editing, web browsing, word, excel, web hosting, file and media storage ...
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Photo editing and storage.
    Document creation and storage.
    Spreadsheet creation and storage.
    Working remotely from home.
    Web browsing.
    Email writing.
    Watching videos and catch up tv.
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    I don't keep permanent files on it, but I will sometimes organize/edit stuff into folders or whatever there before dumping them into Documents/etc. I just have a static image at the moment.
  6. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    You mean like my iMac? I use it heavily for all sorts of things. Documents, 3D modeling, CAD, database design, image work, etc. It has tons of files on it, and mirrors major folders with my laptop.

    I assume the thread is assuming that most people just use mobile devices nowadays and that they are acceptable for almost everything. Absolutely not true for me.

    DOH! I just figured out you meant the desktop in finder....

    Mine has top-level folders organized by major discipline...Work, 3D modeling, Media, Downloads, and Miscellaneous. I also dump temporary files there when I'm working on stuff for quick, easy access. I also show connected hard drives there.
  7. Superspeed500 macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2013
    I use my desktop to store some files that I am too lazy to move elsewhere. I do also have a shortcut to the networks area in Finder. My desktop is also my default screenshot loaction.

    Having a lot of files on the desktop is not recommended, because it slows you down. My recommendation is to keep the desktop as clean as possible.
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I have some aliases (to keep the Dock less crowded) and my drives. I also might have one or two files that are temporary and soon to be trashed.
  9. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    A place to temporarily keep any and everything. I find it a convenient place to drop stuff to when dragging and dropping especially if I'm working on some sort of project like when video and photo editing. For example if I rip the sound from something else to use in a video I'll store it there until I'm done with the video before deleting it.

    Since I can be dropping files there that use large amounts of storage I find Apples iCloud desktop thing a bit annoying. I turned it off but I think it turned my document folder syncing off too, something I really need to get around to investigating. Maybe someone can point me in the right direction for that? Or not whatever....not trying to hijack...
  10. snorkelman macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2010
    To be honest I use it like my physical desktop Which means its littered with useless junk

    stuff I havent found a place for yet, pdf prints I just want to email and cant be bothered to put anywhere in particular

    plus a whole host of untitled folders that I've used to stick the last few weeks worth of junk in every time I run out of room to fit any more junk on it

    Around once a year I roll up my sleeves give it a spring clean, shuffle the best of it to more sensible places then throw the rest in the trash

    works for me :)
  11. TraderScooter macrumors newbie


    Apr 13, 2017
    San Diego, CA
    I usually keep stuff on the desktop as I'm working on it, and then organize it all into my archives later once I'm finished.

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