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DeskLabels... Since the birth of the Mac Desktop, files have been placed on it haphazardly. There have only been 2 solutions to make sense of our Desktops: either shove our files into piles which easily get confusing, or hide them in subfolders. Finally Mac users can use DeskLabels to label groups and piles of folders on their Desktops!

Using DeskLabels is a breeze: just click the DeskLabels Menu Bar icon, choose "New Label", name it what you will, and move it where you want. Organize your Desktop however you'd like, and easily rearrange and change the groups as you go!


  • Organize your Desktop without more...

What's New

Version 1.0.2:
  • Fixed automatic updater which was broken in DeskLabels 1.0.1


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Xenophile Member IconComment+693

$15 for this one-trick pony? Whatever.

Here's a tip for free:

If you absolutely need to drop files on the desktop, try creating a few folders and label them by category.

Place each of these folders in the dock. Right-click to set the view options as you like.

When you're dragging a file to drop on the desktop, from Safari, for example, flick it to the "show desktop" screen corner to activate expose (set expose options in system preferences) and reveal the entire desktop. Drop the file in the appropriate folder.

Now for the groovy part: you can access each of the file groups right from the dock! Just click its folder to see all the files in a category. If you want you can add custom icons to the folders so it's easy to tell them apart in the dock.

Now for the far out, mind blowing part: drag your desktop folder (in your home directory) into the dock, and you can click on it to access everything on the desktop. Set the stack view options to view content as list, and you can drill down to all the category folder contents as well! Mac OS X even gives the desktop folder its own special icon.

The cool part about this method is that the dock folders are always in full view, their contents one click away. With view options set to view them as stacks, you can see at a glance whether they're empty or contain items. No need to activate expose so you can see a bunch of labels on your desktop. And since your files are already in category-specific folders, you're one step ahead in getting organized. The category-specific folders will also hold and manage a lot more files than the desktop alone, which quickly degenerates into an impenetrable mess regardless of how many $15 labels you make.

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Version 1.0.2

Thanks, XENOPHILE, great tip.

zx Member IconReview+380

Also, multiple monitors support..

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Version 1.0.1
zx Member IconComment+380

Nice, but please add a 'Keep On Top' option.

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 1,068
Version Downloads 688
License Shareware
Date 26 Aug 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $14.99