How to Minimize the Mac Desktop Icons

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How to Minimize the Mac Desktop Icons
You can control the size of icons on the desktop of your Mac. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

By default, the Mac OS X operating system organises your desktop icons into a grid format and displays them in a standard size. However, if you want to fit more icons onto your desktop, you can manually minimise their size in the Finder options. The size setting you choose is only applied to the icons on your desktop and not the ones you see in other Finder windows.

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  • Mac running OS X 10.5 or later

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  1. 1

    Click on any blank space on your desktop to enter the Finder.

  2. 2

    Go to the "View" menu at the top of the screen and choose "Show View Options."

  3. 3

    Move the sliding bar labelled "Icon Size" to the left to minimise the appearance of the icons on your desktop.

  4. 4

    Move the "Grid Spacing" sliding bar to the left to move the desktop icons closer together and conserve space.

  5. 5

    Expand the "Text Size" drop-down menu and choose a smaller font to match the minimised size of your desktop icons. This option controls the size of the identifying text underneath each desktop icon.

  6. 6

    Click on the red "X" button in the upper-left corner of the window to save the settings and minimise your desktop icons.

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