Great productivity tip: create a tmp folder.

Great productivity tip: create a tmp folder. I have been doing this for years, but never wrote an article about it. I have an easily accessible folder that can be accessed from wherever I put all temporary files. I can easily find what I need without messing up other places. Keep reading… it’s better than it sounds. In this article i will show you how to make great productivity tip: create a tmp folder.

Before the advent of Mac OS and Windows, most computers had a folder named /tmp. tmp, which was short for temporary files. This is a place where anyone or any application can place any temporary content. This is a deep-rooted habit. I have been using temporary folders ever since. This is great.The following are currently in my tmp folder:

What is tmp folder?

In computing, a temporary folder or directory is a directory used to store temporary files. Many operating systems and certain programs delete the contents of this directory at startup or periodically, leaving the directory intact. It is best for each user to have their own temporary directory, because in the process of temporary files, security vulnerabilities caused by programs with incorrect file permissions or incorrect race conditions are discovered.

The standard system management practice is to reduce the amount of space used (usually on the hard drive) by deleting temporary files. On a multi-user system, this may result in the deletion of active files, thereby interrupting user activity. To avoid this situation, some storage space must be released. The program only deletes inactive or “old” files-files that have not been read or modified for several days.

How to Create a temp folder?

You can put the temporary folder wherever you want. I put mine in a custom folder named Wayne. To create it, right-click on Finder and select New Folder, then name it “tmp” or “temp”. You can see my tmp here.

Great productivity tip: create a tmp folder.

You should be able to easily access the temporary folder. Drag it to the Finder sidebar to make it available in any save dialog. To do this, open any browser window (by clicking on any folder). To show the sidebar, click View-Show Sidebar.

This folder can now be accessed from any save dialog. Here I am in a program called “Acorn”, click “Save”, you can select the “tmp” folder in the dialog window.

The last trick is to choose to sort by modification date in the temporary folder, so that the newest file is always at the top.

My tmp folder:

  • Except for some screenshots I uploaded to Google Keep for my previous Macintosh howto article.
  • I have to compress them before downloading so that they pass through my tmp folder.
  • Below are some pdf files. I might save them on Google Drive and want to edit, compress, or change their names before uploading so that they pass through the tmp folder.
  • Below are some of the most important slides you converted to another format, perhaps for others to share.
  • Before sharing with anyone, you may have merged and used other PDFs.
  • The point is, these are temporary files that you have been using. When finished, I will put the final output where I need it, and I will no longer need those working files.
  • The advantage of having a temporary folder is that when I upload files I always know where they are.
  • It is easy to access, so I don’t have to navigate up and down to find files.


That’s all. This is how you can create a great productivity tip: create a tmp folder and your work easy. If you have any suggestions write it in comment box below.

More to read:

How to add Google Keep to OSX to sync your notes across your phones.

How to Check the Generation of your PC or Laptop on Windows 10

How to Create a Shortcut to the Windows Tools Folder for Easier Access

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