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Confessions of a Desktop Neat Freak

This weekend a friend came over and marveled at how clean my desktop is compared to their own which was filled with icons, install files, web shortcuts, and files. I have a confession to make, my desktop isn’t nearly as tranquil as it looks. Here’s how you clean up that mess without actually having to do any of the work that comes with sorting and organizing those files, basically this is a digital way of sweeping them under a rug.

First, right click on your desktop and select View and uncheck “Show Desktop Icons”. Next, right click on your taskbar and choose “Toolbars”, then “New Toolbar”. On the dialog that pops up, just scroll up to the top of the tree and choose your desktop. Now you’ll have a link on your taskbar that works kind of like a right hand Start Menu, showing you all of the things on your Desktop. You can still drag things to your desktop, but you’ll only see them when clicking this new toolbar. Folders on your desktop branch out from this list, similar to how the Start Menu operates.

When it comes time to sort/organize/delete/rename the things that are on my desktop, I just hit Windows Key + E to open up Windows Explorer, and scroll up to “Desktop” at the top of the folder tree.

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  • Thomas WillinghamThomas Willingham

    Cool tip Larry. When it comes to my desktop I like having a clean desktop also. This is a great way to remove any of those excess icons typically on the desktop.

    Googleman81 has a good solution, but you still end up with a few icons on the desktop.

  • Thomas WillinghamThomas Willingham

    Cool tip Larry. When it comes to my desktop I like having a clean desktop also. This is a great way to remove any of those excess icons typically on the desktop.

    Googleman81 has a good solution, but you still end up with a few icons on the desktop.

  • KittyburgersKittyburgers

    I'm more interested in knowing where you got the background wallpaper of the Airbus.

  • KittyburgersKittyburgers

    I'm more interested in knowing where you got the background wallpaper of the Airbus.

  • CattoCatto

    Hey Now Larry,

    I couldn't agree w/ you more. I love not viewing icons on my desktop. I boycott viewing icons, I want to see my backround pix. I also have a shortcut key setup for just about every shortcut on my desktop to open them.

    Thx,

    Catto

  • CattoCatto

    Hey Now Larry,

    I couldn't agree w/ you more. I love not viewing icons on my desktop. I boycott viewing icons, I want to see my backround pix. I also have a shortcut key setup for just about every shortcut on my desktop to open them.

    Thx,

    Catto

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