Many of us use our Desktop as a temporary storage area for files or for those files we need to access often. I’m guilty of this myself. The problem with this, is that our Desktop can get quite cluttered if you have a lot of files, making it difficult to find what you’re looking for.
That’s where the new Desktop Stack feature comes in. What this does, is groups your files into stacks. For instance, all of your image files will be grouped into one stack, your spreadsheet files in another, and your PDF documents in another. To open a stack, click on it. When you do so, all of the files in that stack will display on the Desktop. To “restock” the items, click on the icon with the stack name, such as Images or PDF Documents.
By default, Mojave groups your stacks by file type. You can, however, change how your Mac groups the stacks. Options available are: Kind, Date Last Opened, Date Added, Date Modified, Date Created and Tags.
Any new files added to the Desktop will automatically be placed in the appropriate stack.
Quick Guide: To use Desktop Stacks
- Right-click or two-finger-click anywhere on the Desktop and choose Use Stacks from the contextual menu. By default, files will be grouped By Kind.
- To change how your stacks are grouped, right-click on the Desktop, point to Group Stacks By and then choose how you’d like to group the stack.
- To open a stack, click on the stack icon. Click on the stack name icon (Images, Documents, PDF Documents, etc.) to regroup the files back into the stack.