Updated: March 25, 2023
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I am trying to clean up my desktop on my Mac,how do I do that?

Hello, thank you for using Howly. I’ll be happy to help you out! May I ask your name?

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Nice to meet you, *****!
Do you mean you want to clean your desktop by deleting icons on it?

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i am talking to you on my iPad, and I have my MAC Desktop open to my opening screen. The screen is populated with incoming emails. I want to clear my desktop screen!


Can you take a photo of the desktop with your iPad? Would be really helpful.

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You want to delete all these icons, correct?

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These are all emails; how can I clear my desktop screen!

Can you just press and hold your mouse in one place? After that, while pressing, move your mouse, select the whole area where these icons are, and drag this area to the trash bin after.

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How do I grab all icons?

Once you will select an area, you can stop pressing your mouse. It will make your area one big icon. Tap on it and while pressing, move to the trash bin.
Or, you can click on each icon with the right click and tap on the "delete/remove"

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How do I Stop my emails from going to my desktop?

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Are these emails from Microsoft Outlook?
Or just a regular email app?

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I believe MS

Open File > Options. In the “Mail” tab, scroll down to the “Save Messages” section and uncheck “Save copies of messages in the Sent Items folder.” Now click “OK” in the bottom-right of the “Options” window.
Is everything clear with the provided instruction?

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trying to follow instructions

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Thanks for your help

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I’m glad I was able to get that sorted out for you. Is there anything else I can assist you with today?

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