I know this question looks like a joke, but I've been using Macbooks for a few years and I've never found the right way of dropping files from Desktop to other windows.

Imagine this scenario: I'm on Yosemite, talking on Slack, having some files on Desktop I want to share with on my Slack channel, how do I drag these files from desktop to Slack window? Normally I have to:

  • go trough all the windows that are below the Slack window & minimize them (pain in the a...), this step is not actually a step but usually like 30 steps as I have that many apps working in the background,
  • resize Slack window to half the screen so I can see the Desktop,
  • drop the files from desktop on Slack.

While on Windows 7/8 it looks like:

  • click on right bottom corner,
  • click on Slack window,
  • resize Slack window,
  • drag & drop.

I tried to use the same flow on OSX, so I have "Show Desktop" set as a hot corner, I move to that corner, I can see the desktop but this feature is useless compared to the same functionality in Windows as if I click any app all the windows come back to their places...

How do you do that guys? Can I somehow set hot corner to minimize all windows instead of just showing Desktop for a second? How's that useful?

  • You could press the key combo for "hide others" (command option h) which would keep your foremost app (Slack, in this case) as the only non-minimized app. You would then be able to access your desktop from there. Would this achieve a similar result?
    – smoooosher
    Aug 11, 2015 at 22:59

2 Answers 2


There are multiple ways to achieve it.

Using hot corners

  1. Slide Your mouse to the hot corner to show Desktop
  2. Drag Your file (do not drop)
  3. Slide once again to hot corner
  4. Drop the file to the app

Using keyboard shortcuts

  1. Show Desktop with ⌃ CTRL+↓ Down arrow
  2. Drag the file (You may need to click on Desktop first to activate Finder)
  3. Then ⌘ CMD+⇥ TAB to previous app and drop it

Using the trackpad

  1. Show Desktop with gesture (spread four fingers on trackpad)
  2. Drag the file
  3. Slide on top of the app icon on Dock
  4. Slide on top of the window You want
  5. Drop the file
  • ZOMG, the first point, my life will never be the same again. WOW. Aug 11, 2015 at 22:26

I would just open another finder window, open a new folder in it. Finder > File New Finder Window & New Folder. ( in your case the top window would be the Slacker window)

Then back in the desktop finder window highlight and drag from one window to another. enter image description here


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