10 Ways To Personalize Your Mac

Here are some ways you can make yoru Mac look different than everyone else's. You can change the way icons look on the Desktop, customize the Dock and Menu Bar, set the accent colors and much more.

Comments: 10 Responses to “10 Ways To Personalize Your Mac”

    Tom
    7 months ago

    One thing I recently learned is that when you're using one of these with that Show Clock option turned On the location of the clock actually changes. I must have missed something. Where do I find this option setting? Thanks.

    7 months ago

    Tom: That's not an option. It is always on. Or do you mean the "Show Clock" option itself? That's an option on some of the screen savers. It is a checkbox. Look at 10:42 right when I'm saying that and you'll see it on the screen.

    Razvan Mihai
    7 months ago

    Gary: Is there a way to customize the Desktop such that the icons get arranged from left to right regardless of how you sort/group them? I find this icon arrangement choice strange, considering we read from left to right; Finder shows icons from left to right in icon view, including the Desktop folder.

    7 months ago

    Razvan: No, they desktop has always treated the top right corner as the starting point. It is probably this way since the menu bar is left to right and when menus drop down they would obscure the icons.

    Razvan Mihai
    7 months ago

    Gary: I see, thanks. While decluttering my Desktop, I couldn't see the Name sort criteria in Finder. Instead, I see the column header Today. I have noticed the same Finder behavior when in Downloads. Is this the expected behavior? Can I Name sort these two folders, or do I need to copy them someplace else to get them decluttered?

    7 months ago

    Razvan: it sounds like you have turned on View, Use Groups (Called Use Stacks when viewing the Desktop as the Desktop) and set the groups to be a date. Turn off Use Groups to sort the entire contents of the folder.

    Razvan Mihai
    7 months ago

    Indeed! An interesting Finder feature helping to get a different perspective on a pile of files that need sorting. Thanks a lot, Gary.

    Faye Nowell
    7 months ago

    Is there any way we can change the color of an entire file folder on the desktop, rather than using a colored dot to help it stand out? (The dots are a bit too hard to see!) This would make all of my file folders easier to sort and find. Thanks!

    7 months ago

    Faye: Dots? Do you mean the tags? Those aren't supposed to be for decoration. See https://macmost.com/how-to-use-tags-to-organize-your-files.html
    If you want to change the folder icon itself, see: https://macmost.com/how-to-create-custom-folder-and-drive-icons-for-your-mac.html

    FAYE NOWELL
    7 months ago

    Thanks so much, Gary! Your tutorial was really helpful. I follow your Macmost column every week and keep learning new tips and tricks. Happy holidays! 🎄

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