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Chapter 4. How to use the Finder Windows > Clean up the arrangement of the icon...

Clean up the arrangement of the icons

There are two items in the “View” menu that pertain only to windows in Icon View: Clean Up and Arrange. If your window is in any other view, these items are gray, which is a visual clue that you can't use them.

There is an invisible underlying grid in every window, and when you choose to Clean Up the window, the Mac moves each icon into the nearest little square on that grid, the nearest square that the icon is already next to. This means there might still be gaps between icons, depending on where they were originally.

When you choose Arrange plus one of the options from its submenu, the Mac moves each icon into that particular order. The icons are placed in neat rows and fill every invisible square in order.

Exercise:

1.
Open a window and view it in Icon View.

If you don't know how to use menus yet, read Chapter 5, then come back here to experiment.


2.
Using the mouse, drag the icons around in the window so they are a mess.

3.
From the “View” menu, choose “Clean Up” and see what happens.

4.
Now from the “View” menu, choose “Arrange By” and “Name” and see what happens.

If the icons won't move into new positions, check the View Options (as described on the previous page) and make sure there is NO checkmark in “Keep arranged by.”


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