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As discussed in this hint, Mac OS X's Finder tends to get very slow when you have a lot of desktop icons. Here's one way to speed things up:

Use the shareware app DeskShade to hide the Desktop, then open a new Finder window and navigate to the Desktop. Organize the files to your liking (preferably with the goal being to remove as many items from the Desktop folder as possible), then unhide the Desktop.

Also of note: as long as DeskShade is hiding the Desktop, the Finder behaves. So you don't ever have to reorganize your Desktop, you just have to keep it hidden most of the time using DeskShade.

[robg adds: If simply hiding the icons on the desktop is an effective fix (I haven't tested that theory), then an alternative solution would be John Haney's free Backdrop, which can be used to hide icons on the Desktop when the floating level is set to "in between." You won't, however, get all of the niceties you get with DeskShade, such as the ability to rotate desktop images, etc.]
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Speed the Finder by hiding desktop icons
Authored by: kirkmc on Mar 15, '06 08:52:14AM

Backdrop doesn't hide the desktop; it acts as a layer between the desktop and other apps. The desktop is still there, as you see when you hide Backdrop.

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Speed the Finder by hiding desktop icons
Authored by: robg on Mar 15, '06 08:55:57AM

Kirk's right, of course -- not sure what I was thinking :). I'm not sure if DeskShade does something different to the desktop or not, but a quick test with QuartzDebug shows that nothing changes in terms of open windows when Backdrop is running.

My bad!

-rob.



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Speed the Finder by hiding desktop icons
Authored by: laurion on Mar 15, '06 11:49:57AM

I enjoy using DesktopSweeper, an APE Haxie, at http://flip.macrobyte.net/252 . Not sure if it actually does the same thing, but I don't have that many items on my desktop. I just use it so I don't have to see the items I do have all the time, only when I'm in the finder.



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Speed the Finder by hiding desktop icons
Authored by: laurion on Mar 15, '06 11:55:35AM
Whoops. I should give the proper address of http://flip.macrobyte.net/software/desktopsweeper

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Docktop - Speed the Finder by hiding desktop icons
Authored by: jonn8n on Mar 15, '06 12:58:27PM
My shareware application Docktop ($4.00!) provides the hidden desktop feature as well as being a great launcher mimicking the tool that Apple uses in their retail stores -- but with many more customization features.

Jon

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Docktop - Speed the Finder by hiding desktop icons
Authored by: quangtonthat on Mar 15, '06 04:46:00PM

Too much work and too many hassles!
I normally configure Safari, Firefox, Mail, etc. to download files to a specific folder instead of the desktop. Who ever wants to pollute his/her beautiful desktop?



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Speed the Finder by hiding desktop icons
Authored by: macgizmo on Mar 16, '06 05:18:33AM

Deskshade does NOT allow you to set your desktop images to rotate, as claimed in the note from Rob. I *think* what he meant was the "transition effect" you can get with Deskshade when changing images either manually or through the rotating pictures feature of the OS built-in background changer feature, such as rotating cube, zoom, etc.

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