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Say I want to exclude the desktop now from time machine. How would I do so?

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Go to System Preferences, Time Machine, then click on Options button.

Click on "+" and add the folders you want to exclude.

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Once the Exclude list is open, you can also drag-and-drop a folder(s) from the finder. – JRobert May 3 '12 at 12:47
+1 selected as answer – Jim Thio May 11 '12 at 10:23

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