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How to Use Stacks in macOS Mojave

If your desktop is a mess, Apple's got a solution. It's called Stacks, and it's available as a part of macOS Mojave (currently available as a public beta).

Once you activate Stacks, it will group the images, PDFs, screenshots and other kinds of files on your Desktop into single icons that look resemble flat, overlaid files. Clicking on a Stack expands its contents, but you can also scroll up and down on a stack to see its contents.

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Here's how to use Stacks to clean your messy desktop. For example, let's start with mine:

1. From the desktop, click View.

2. Select Use Stacks.

3. That messy screen is now clean! 

4. Clicking on a stack reveals its contents. Click the empty stack to hide them.

6. To change how Stacks works, click View.

7. Under Group Stacks By, select a sorting option.

8. Scroll up and down on a Stack to browse the images inside, so you can find and open select images.

Congrats, you're a Stack master!

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Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.