PLEASE NOTE: Version 2.x only currently supports Mac OS 10.8 or higher. We are working to resolve this issue ASAP.

Does your Desktop end up cluttered with icons, making your Desktop look untidy and difficult to find the files you really need? The Desktop is a convenient and easily accessed location for saving files, but its difficult to prevent clutter building up. Desktop Tidy can help.

Desktop Tidy maintains a "Shadow Desktop", moving any files found on your actual Desktop and keeping it completely clear. This doesn't mean the files are harder to find because Desktop Tidy provides direct access to the files via a status menu icon, and also helps organise the files with the use of customisable filters. For example, you may only be interested in locating an image that was on your desktop, the built in Images filter will help you locate the file quickly and effortlessly.

● Main Features ●

● Keep your Desktop completely clear, whilst still having easy access to the files you place on it
● Customisable Views help you locate files of specific types
● Adjustable Date Filter hides files that haven't been used for a while when browsing the Shadow Desktop
● Option to flatten directories to see all files at once
● Automatic Tidying prevents clutter building up
● Ignore List allows specific files or folders to remain on the Desktop
● One click restore moves files back to the Desktop and adds them to the Ignore List
● One click function to reveal any file or folder from the Shadow Desktop in Finder
● One click function to move any file or folder from the Shadow Desktop to the Trash
● Drag and drop out of Shadow Desktop
● Drag and drop into the Shadow Desktop
● Drag and drop to the trash
● Growl integration allows Desktop Tidy to keep you informed without getting in the way
● Desktop Tidy can be configured to ignore aliases, folders or hidden files automatically
● Enjoy your Desktop wallpaper again!
● Adjustable overwrite options

● Automatic Tidying ●

Desktop Tidy can keep on top of things to ensure your Desktop never becomes untidy. Configure Desktop Tidy to periodically tidy any files on the Desktop into the Shadow Desktop folder and your desktop will always be clear of clutter. The tidying frequency can be configured. If Desktop Tidy finds files or folders that are currently being modified, it skips them and then monitors to clean them up when the changes are complete.

● Rapid Access To Files ●

Just because Desktop Tidy has relocated your files it doesn't mean they are difficult to locate. Once Desktop Tidy has moved the files to your Shadow Desktop, it provides direct access to the files via the status menu. Files can be filtered so that older files are hidden, and Views help you locate files of specific types. Desktop Tidy makes it easy to open files, delete them, reveal them in Finder or restore them back to the Desktop for simple and convenient access to the files it has moved.

● Views ●

Views help you locate files of a specific type, and they are customisable so you can make it simple to find the files that are important to you. Create your own Views and specify which file extensions should be included. You will then have instant access to those files straight from the Desktop Tidy menu. Views can be configured to display previews instead of icons in a variety of sizes, and can optionally flatten directories.

● Restore Files With Ease ●

If Desktop Tidy moves a file or folder you wanted to remain on your Desktop, it can be restored quickly and easily by dragging files back to the Desktop. The file is moved back to your Desktop and can optionally be added to the Ignore List so that it is not moved again.

● Search Shadow Desktop ●

Now you can search the files displayed in the current view right from the Shadow Desktop browsing panel.

What’s New

Version 2.0

PLEASE NOTE: Version 2.x only currently supports Mac OS 10.8 or higher. We are working to resolve this issue ASAP.

- OS X 10.9 support
- Versatile new Shadow Desktop browsing interface
- Drag and drop
- Can now search the Shadow Desktop

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

mjbrancato ,

This app is awesome, but needs one more feature

After working on several projects during the day my desktop gets cluttered. I tend to spend so much time looking for files on my desktop and it wastes time. Every couple of weeks I will take the Desktop contents and throw it in a folder with the date on it and throw it on Dropbox. This kind of works, but isn't a perfect solution.

That's where Desktop Tidy comes in. It automatically thows it into a folder. Now whenever my folder gets big, all I have to do is rename it with the date and the app should create another folder for the next move.

This app is a life saver because it keeps my desktop clean for me to work on current projects during the day. I would like to see the ability to set a time for the 1 day frequency. I want to be able to set it for 6 am every morning so everytime I come back to my computer to start the new day, my desktop is clean for the new projects for that day.

ortiz3m ,

Great app for the Apple Minimalist

I really prefer having my desktop free of clutter, however using it daily it becomes so convenient to drop files/folders on the desktop. Thats where Desktop Tidy comes in!!! In the Apple fashion of “It Just Works”, Desktop Tidy can automatically clear your desktop, move it to another location, and still give you simple access from the menu bar. They really put a lot of effort into thinking about the “what if” scenarios, like what you want to keep on your desktop, how often you want it to Tidy, simple access to the files from anywhere, and being able to filter those files to find what you need. This is definitely worth the purchase, and I wish more people knew of such an app!

Two things I wish they could add, 1) in the filter text bar that it would be a search bar as well 2) that they could add some kind of maintenance update, some people look at an application that hasn’t been updated for almost 2 years on the app store as troublesome. The developer is really good in responding to support emails though.

Robert Jacobson ,

Why is the 2.1 update an additional $9.00?

I like this application well enough — the Shadow Desktop is a good innovation, though tricky in that it creates a large storate usage — but wonder why I have to buy it all over again for a .1 version improvement. Seems rather contrary to common practice.


Light Pillar Software Ltd
1.5 MB

OS X 10.5 or later, 64-bit processor



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Light Pillar Software Ltd


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