Learning how to customize your desktop will give you greater control over the content of your computer's desktop icons and background. You will learn how to personalize your desktop including sorting and cleaning up icons, resizing and spacing icons, and adding a custom background image
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- [Narrator] In this movie you're going to learn how to customize and personalize your desktop. El Capitan gives you the options to change the size of your icons, sort them in a particular order, as well as change the desktop background to a different color or image. Like many elements in El Capitan, we start off by accessing what is known as the secondary menu by holding down the control key and clicking. Also known as the right click. Make sure to do this in an empty area to bring up the context menu. I'm going to go ahead and choose Change Desktop Background. This now takes me into my System Preferences section for changing the desktop background.
On the right hand side, you will see a series of stock images to choose from. I will go ahead and choose one of these images. Notice that as soon as I click on the image, it appears on the desktop. Let me go ahead and choose a different image and watch it change. If I have a photo of my own I'd like to add, I can choose photos and choose a photo from my library. Let's go ahead and select solid colors and choose one of the colors as our background. Now, if I'd like to commit and I'm finished, I'm going to go ahead and click on the Close button and come back to my desktop.
Next, let's customize the icon arrangement on my desktop. Notice that my icons are not very organized. To change this, again, I will right click, and this time I will choose Clean Up. Clean Up is a great tool if your icons are just a mess and you want them sorted out in a more grid like order. However, note that Clean Up is just an automatic tool that will just sort your icons in such a way that may or may not be to your liking. If you want more control, go ahead and right click again, and choose Clean Up By, and then choose what category you want to sort your icons by.
I'm going to go ahead and choose Name, to have them sort out alphabetically. And you can see that from right to left, they're sorted out alphabetically. One thing to note is that if you have more than one column, El Capitan sorts your icons from right to left and not left to right since the icons are docked to the right. Once you have things cleaned up, you can also choose Sort By which essentially accomplishes the same thing as Clean Up. This time I'll choose Date Created. Let's go ahead and right click again and let's check out our view options. The first option you'll see is Icon Size.
Very easily I can increase or decrease the icon size by clicking and dragging and I get a real time preview. Grid spacing will increase or decrease the amount of space between your icons. Text size will just increase or decrease the text size of your icons. Label positioning, either bottom or right. Clicking on Show Item Info doesn't do much, unless the item is a folder showing me the number of items that are inside of that folder. And Finally, Sort By will pretty much do the same thing as it did when I right clicked, telling me the different categories I can sort by.
As you can see desktop customizations gives you the personalization of your computer to have it your way, whether it's changing the background, icon sizing, sorting, and more.
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- Personalizing your desktop
- Managing windows
- Changing mouse properties
- Searching with Spotlight
- Customizing Finder
- Using accessibility features such as zoom and closed captions
- Using keyboard shortcuts