Zen Desktop Cleaner 3.0

WARNING: Does not work on Snow Leopard!
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Martin Nash
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Awards: Mac Informer Editor Rating 5
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Zen Desktop Cleaner is a utility that helps you clean your desktop. If you are anything like me, you barely look at your desktop on your Mac. However, you put files there all the time using Finder. So, when you do eventually look at your desktop, you see a bad mess of files all over the screen, and, in some cases, piles of icons. Zen Desktop Cleaner makes it really easy to clean up that mess. It can automatically move every file icon from your desktop to another folder when you tell the app to clean your desktop. There are two ways in which you can do this: you can start the process from the menubar icon, or you can use a system-wide hotkey.

If you want all your icons back on your desktop, you can press the hotkey again, and Zen Desktop Cleaner will restore your mess for you. If after cleaning your desktop, you put new files on your desktop, you can press the hotkey again, and those will be added to your hidden folder. Press it again, and all of them will be restored. I like this accumulative behavior.

Briefly speaking, Zen Desktop Cleaner is a nice system maintenance tool that can help you remember what your desktop wallpaper looked like when your desktop wasn't cluttered with files.

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  • Easy to use
  • It works well


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Where are my files? I tracked one down after "cleaning" it but the bread crumb trail had a hidden folder in it and I could not get it passed. I am on 3.0. Love it but will not commit to my main computer until I know how to find my files on my own.

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