The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Changing icon size on the desktop or anywhere in the Finder

I have to admit, one of the only place where my computer is not organized is the desktop. I take a screenshot, receive attachments, download some freeware to test, etc... Everything goes on the desktop to be sorted when I have more time. My desktop is a bit of a mess but even if your desktop is perfectly organized, you can take advantage of this tip. What actually happens to me is that when the desktop gets too cluttered up, I sometimes miss space for new icons as the desktop is full!! A good tool for getting more space or simply for reducing the area covering the super nice background you have is to right click on the desktop and choose "Show view options". From there, you can change the size of the icons and the size of the text under the icons. If you load this window when you are in another folder, you actually have the choice of changing the settings for all the folders or only for the current folder.

From the "View options" preferences, you also have other options, such as "Show Icon Preview" to display the picture instead of the generic jpeg icon and "Keep arranged by" to have the icons automatically sorted. The "Keep arranged by" can greatly reduce the need of using "View" and "Clean Up" all day long.


Blogger Ahmad said...

also, you can hit CMD+J

January 29, 2007 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger Oliver said...

I really like having the "Snap to Grid" option. It keeps things a little bite more organized. However, if you want a folder to be in a non-grid position, all you have to do is hold (cmd) while you drag it to where you want it.

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January 30, 2007 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...

You're right, snap to grid is worth it! MacGeek.

January 30, 2007 at 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So useful! Great tip!

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Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you so much! My desktop icons accidentally became tiny a long time ago and I never figured out how to restore them to proper size. Everything is all cleaned up, neat and tidy now :)

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