Moving back to the MacBook from the iPhone for a change, and I'm struggling to understand how things are organised on the Mac.
For example, where are my documents? I have a Documents stack, but this doesn't contain the same files as the Documents folder in Finder in the "Places" section. Is one a sub-set of the other or are they two different places?
To make matters worse I have an external hard drive which contains all my old PC files. I have used the same names for some of the folders on the Mac that I was familiar with on the PC. Sensible enough, you might think. But if I open a file on the external drive and then want to save it to the new folder on the Mac, things get very confusing as the folder names come up in the file explorer, but I can't see the whole file pat as I would have done in Windows. Hence I keep saving stuff on the Mac onto the external drive by mistake, and vice versa.
OK I know I could go to the trouble of coding the folder names so I know which device they are on, but surely that's not necessary is it? And anyway, there's a Documents folder in Finder, as I mentioned above, but there's also a Documents folder listed under "Desktop" and another under Places/My MacBook name - they all list similar contents, so they seem to be different views of the same thing - but not quite. Can anyone clarify this for me, or maybe point to a help article on the Apple website or somewhere else?
And what's going on in the stacks - what exactly are they?
About Nigel Harris
I'm a partner with Burton Sweet, chartered accountants & business advisers, and run the Shepton Mallet office down in beautiful Somerset. Despite the name, Shepton Mallet is actually the home of Glastonbury Festival! I trained in audit and corporate tax with Grant Thornton and came to my current position in 1991 via small local practices and a stint with a training consortium.
I have the distinction of being one of the original members of the AccountingWEB editorial team, having been a freelance writer here for a year or so before John Stockdyk joined!