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Dear Sir or Ms: What settings to I have to change or action

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Dear Sir or Ms:

What settings to I have to change or action to take in order: (1) NOT to have dozens of icons pile up on another in the far right of my actual desktop (I think, but am not sure, that a new icon is added to that pile each time I open a file. ; and/or (2) NOT to have such icons even appear spread-out ANYWHERE at all on my desktop (because there are too many of them to fit on the desktop without overlapping on another to the point that I can see what many of them are).

FYI, I am using a Mac desktop (about 4-5 years old), with O/S X version 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard)
My processor is a 2.16 GHz Intel Core Duo
My memory is 2GB 667 Hz DDR2 SDRAM

Thank you.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  John T. F. replied 4 years ago.
Hello! My name is XXXXX XXXXX self-employed tech, and I'm offering my time in good faith today to provide advice and information.

To clarify, are you saving every document to your desktop?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Not intentionally, but perhaps inadvertently. Where do I look to see if that is what I am doing?

Assuming that I am able to stop saving on my desktop, will the docs continue to be saved in my hardrive (e.g., in one of the folders that I had created)?


Expert:  John T. F. replied 4 years ago.
If you are saving a local document (such as from Word, Pages, etc...) it should list where it is being saved on the 'save dialog sheet' that appears when saving the document. If it points to "Desktop" then simply change it to "Documents". Most apps will store your last "save location".

If these are files you are downloading, via Safari, they should be going into your "Downloads" folder. You can verify this by doing the following:

open Safari, if it isn't already

Click "Safari" in the menubar

Choose Preferences

Select the General tab

Locate the setting "Save downloaded files to:" and make sure it is set to "Downloads".

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.


I tried it once, and it save as as you indicated.

Please also let me know:

1. Why would one want to I ever save to one's desktop?

2. If I remove the icons from the desktop, will it delete them from any of the folders I have created? (I hope not).



Expert:  John T. F. replied 4 years ago.
Glad to hear it worked, Steve.

1. Some people use the desktop very much like their "real" desktops. They only keep files and documents there related to a current project they may be working on. Personally, I try to keep everything organized in the proper folders from the outset - otherwise, I usually end up with a desktop covered in icons. Tongue out

2. The desktop is a folder just like any other. So, make sure you have a copy of that file where you expect it to be (in the folders you created), before you delete it from the desktop. If you find you have more than one copy of the same document, you may wish to delete the oldest version.

Hope that helps,
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