Desktop Icon Manager
Desktop Icon Manager
3.0

4.3

Desktop Icon Manager free download for Mac

Desktop Icon Manager

3.0
29 January 2019

Saves/restores icon positions on the desktop.

Overview

Desktop Icon Manager (DIM) is an AppleScript which saves and restores the icon positions on the desktop. There are applications and other scripts that do the same thing, so why is this one different?

DIM doesn't get confused when you store the icon positions at one screen resolution and then restore them at a different screen resolution. In other words, if an icon is at the bottom right corner of the display when the icon positions are stored then that icon will always be placed at the bottom right corner regardless of the screen resolution. There's only one application that I know of which does that, but they want money to do it. Other applications/scripts allow you to save multiple icon positions at different screen resolutions. That's fine if you want to adjust your icon positions for each screen resolution you use. My question is why? You got a Mac sitting in front of you, let her do it.

What's new in Desktop Icon Manager

Version 3.0:
  • Complete rewrite using a Swift-to-AppleScriptObjC bridge

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Jazzyguy
20 June 2011

Most helpful

The best way of slowing down your Mac is to put icons on your desktop.Each and every item on your desktop slows your Mac down. Each item is considered a folder on your desktop and of course if you have enough of them your Mac will slow to a crawl. I keep nothing on my Desktop and all goes well in SnowLeopard.
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Version 2.0.2
arnaldo-attallah
19 January 2019
It will be useful to have an auto save feature each 6 hours or so, and be able to restore the icons from a list os the last 6 Desktop icon savings.
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Version 2.1.0
3 answer(s)
11 February 2019
auto save feature did not make it into DIM 3.0. I have had a few people suggest this through the years.

If anyone wants this feature, please hit the smiley face on either this post or arnaldo-attallah's and i'll put it in the next version.
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Dabeenk
Dabeenk
09 April 2019
I just downloaded and used DIM 3.0 for the first time (on Mojave OS). If I want to rearrange desktop icons and then save the new arrangement, how do I do that? TIA, dabeenk
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09 April 2019
@Dabeenk

Arrange the icons on the Desktop as you want and then hit Memorize Icon Positions. This will replace the stored icon arrangement specified on the "Use Icon Arrangement" line.

Alternatively, select the Action menu pop-up (lower right corner), choose "Edit..." and then add a new Icon Arrangement by hitting the "+".

Help is your friend, in particular, "After the first time use".
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coffeetime
02 January 2019
Drag and drop anything onto DIM and DOES NOT keep the window open anymore on MacOS 10.14 (Mojave). Developer needs to fix this!

Temporary solution for now is to delete its preference:
(home) folder > Library > Preferences > com.parker9.DIM_2.1.plist
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Version 2.1.0
2 answer(s)
macupdate-293
macupdate-293
02 January 2019
it appears to be another bug from Apple. are you at the latest Mojave?
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30 January 2019
New version replaces 'drag-and-drop' with holding the command (⌘) key while starting.
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thierrybechard
16 June 2018
Hello. Are you updating it for Mac OS 10.13?
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Version 2.1.0
1 answer(s)
macupdate-293
macupdate-293
12 July 2018
it works for 10.13.5 (High Sierra)
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hailaidenhale
03 September 2014
Great app so far, but I have run across one problem so far. I checked the box to restore Icon positions upon starting the program and now because it starts and quits so quickly, I cannot remove this option. Any help?
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Version 2.1.0
1 answer(s)
macupdate-293
macupdate-293
29 September 2014
drag and drop anything onto DIM and it will keep the window open. nothing will happen to the thing you dropped.
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YES, THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS FREE, AWESOME APP!
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Version 2.1.0
Upright-Bassist
13 April 2014
The DIM is a real time saver, especially if you have a lot of those icons neatly (de?)arranged on your desktop. Plus its icon is cute, and it's reliable, never failed on me, is quick, and — did I mention it's reliable? Ah, and also it has a really cute icon! ;) Seriously, just use it often, it's quick and easy! :)
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Version 2.1.0
Virtualruffy
01 January 2014
I have a portable hardrive that I move from mac to mac. Different operating systems change the icon positions. I'd like to keep it organized and appearing the same way but moving from 10.6 to 10.8 moves things all over the place and so on moving between 10.7 & 10.9 only 10.6 and lower retain the same positions. None of this occurred until 10.7 and its only gotten worse since. Will this program have an effect on external drive's volume root appearance? If not anyone know which will?
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Version 2.1.0
1 answer(s)
macupdate-293
macupdate-293
01 January 2014
DIM stores the icon positions in ~/Library/Preferences/com.parker9.DIM_2.1.plist. so if your home directory is on the portable drive, it will work across all your systems. if it's not, each system will have it's own plist and so it should still work. or just try it ;)
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Dominique
31 December 2013
Excellent product (OS X 10.6)
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Version 2.1.0
1 answer(s)
Tenjinandou
Tenjinandou
01 January 2014
I agree with you, Dominique, except that I label it a "gift." Since I first discovered DIM I have been delighted that my desktop always returns to the state I set it in spite of Apple version changes since it first came out (now on Maverick). It's a "gift" that "keeps giving and giving." Thank you for a free and faithful application that I can't live without.
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Iturtle
23 October 2013
it never fails and still works with mavericks! don't know why this version showed up here now, since it is already 2? years old. recommended!
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Version 2.0.2
Baby-Bloc
05 January 2012
When I restore icon positions, it seems to put my hard drive icons way out of place. Everything else seems fine. How do I get those drives to stick?
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Version 2.0.2
2 answer(s)
macupdate-293
macupdate-293
09 January 2012
This is a bug Apple introduced in 10.6.x and above, it's not DIM's fault. The work around is to arrange the icons and then Fast User Switch to a different account, switch back and then tell DIM to Memorize. Otherwise wait for a bug fix from Apple or try SwitchResX. Desktop Saver has the same problem, so, again, it's not DIM.
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ruralvoice
ruralvoice
12 October 2012
The App Store just released an application for only $0.99 called "Desktop Saver for Icon Positions" which stores your desktop and allows you to restore with one click. You can store several configurations of icons.
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App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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