** No more chaos on your desktop. Keep related files on in groups. **

Lifehacker verdict: “If you've got a messy desk, this app can help you regain control.”

The app lets you create groups of related files on your desktop. You can freely move groups of files around on your desktop and add or remove files via drag & drop.

Each group has a title so that you can organize your files any way you like. For example, you could create separate groups for each project you are working on, or add separate groups for photos and text documents. If you frequently take screenshots, that would be another good fit for a group. The possibilities are endless.

Quick Look integration: press Space or Cmd-Y to open a Quick Look preview of the selected file.


• Group related files on your desktop
• Add/remove files via drag & drop
• Freely move groups around
• Resize groups by dragging either edge/corner
• Rename by double-clicking on the group title
• Context menu with more options
• Dock or menu bar icon (choose via Preferences)


• Additional list view with file names to the right of icons
• Adjust opacity of title and group background
• Change the background color
• Hide the reflections
• Adjust the grid size

What's New

Version 1.6

The folder that contains the files in your groups is now called "All Your Desktop Groups Files" instead of just "Desktop Groups" so that it shows up at the top in Finder for easier access.

Customer Reviews

Desktop Groups


A great app for organizing folders and files on your desktop. The groups function as super-folders that are so much more visually distinguishable than what you’re used to. I can see all my desktop folders and files at a glance, grouped in boxes that corall them efficiently. It’s helped me organize things and it makes my work more efficient.

Interesting Idea


This application essentially creates clear "folders" on the desktop, which really helps to quickly locate current work or files you need to access frequently. These groups are very convenient for orgnizing individual files and you can put folders into these desktop groups. You cannot, however, drop files into embedded folders in these groups. You can only drop files or folders into the top level of the desktop group. It also seems to take longer for my system to wake from sleep with these desktop groups turned on than when the program is turned off. If you could drop files into folders as well as the top level of the desktop groups, I think this application would be much more functional. Would also like to see the ability to sort files by name, kind, date, etc. The only advantage in the current execution is that I can easily see the files in the desktop group, which you cannot do without opening a folder on the desktop. Cool, but might not be worth $6.

Great program!


My desktop was always a mess, even when I used Windows. On that platform I used a program called Fances to organize folders and files into groups, and missed it when I changed over to Mac (best decision ever, BTW). Then I found Rico’s Desktop Groups program. It was featured on Lifehacker. What a lifesaver (OK… not literally, but you get the point).

The last version introduced a bug where the app would not finish loading after a restart. I worked with Rico to test a fix (which is this version). He is responsive to problems, and a great guy to work with.

If you need to get your cluttered desktop organized this is a great program to do it with! If you don’t like the Groups way of organizing, you can check out his other program Desktop Shelves on the App Store.


Rico Gundermann
6.9 MB
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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