It’s 2022. Apple has been releasing graphical operating systems since 1984 and in 38 years they haven’t learned enough to make a great OS. In this post I’ll show you everything misleading, awkward, or just plain broken about macOS. OK, probably not everything.
By default, file icons will preserve their arrangement, which is never what I want. I’ve learned to two-finger-tap (aka right-click) and press Clean Up. This arranges the files as I expect, usually. Sometimes it doesn’t (see video) and I’m not sure why.
Technically there is a way to cut-and-paste, but it’s not what you‘d expect. It’s not cut and paste. macOS has copy and disregard-copy-actually-move-instead. Holding down the option key reveals this extra menu item.
Finder has two responsibilities: showing files/folders and showing desktop icons. Many DWMs work this way — including explorer.exe on most versions of Windows — but unlike other DWMs Finder can be killed completely, taking your desktop icons with it.
Personally I don’t find this much of a hassle, but it leads to another edge-case. What if you want a Finder window? For that, open Finder twice.