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10.4: Use Automator to keep the desktop clean
Authored by: BlackPenguin on Feb 06, '06 08:33:05AM

I did something like this a while ago. It's great for cleaning up in general. I also added parts for sorting and filing text clippings and web locations, as I tend to accumulate many of those.

I like having my desktop as a temporary repository for stuff I'm working on (like my real desktop), so I use the script/workflow a bit differently. I have mine set up as a Folder Action plugin, and have it attached to a folder called "Sorting Bin". I leave an alias of that folder on my desktop. Whenever I'm tired of the mess, I drag everything to the bin, and the workflow fires up and sorts what it can. Everything it recognizes gets filed away, and anything else gets left in the Sorting Bin for me to deal with later. Clean desktop!

-- Nick

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10.4: Use Automator to keep the desktop clean
Authored by: jump420 on Feb 07, '06 06:40:29PM

I like this solution better. Could you break it down some more? I'm not too familiar with folder actions.

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