Is it possible to change the location of your desktop folder?


Does anyone know if it’s possible to change the location of your desktop folder to another folder? Let’s say for argument sake a folder called Desktop in dropbox that you synchronise between devices?


Create a symbolic link to your DropBox desktop instead…

The long and short of it is that it’s easier. All you are doing is telling OSX to create a link (shortcut) to your “desktop” folder in your DropBox. Dropbox will treat the link as if it were the actual “default desktop” folder itself. When you set it up this way will save things on your “default desktop” as they are, but when you save things on your “default desktop” from now on they’ll appear on your “default desktop” as before, but also actually be stored in your new DropBox folder.

Here’s how to do it:

ln -s /Users/your-user-name/Dropbox/Desktop/ ./Desktop


Alternatively, if you’re firmly ensconced in the Apple ecosystem and don’t need Dropbox or any other third party looking through your important… tax returns… then you can add your Desktop and Documents to iCloud Drive.


Unfortunately it’s not configurable from the looks of it and Apple won’t let me even configure it until I buy more space on iCloud :neutral_face: