CLEANING WINDOWS DESKTOP

One of the problems with Windows is that the more software you install, the more untidy becomes the opening Desktop and Programs menu under the Start button. They soon become cluttered up with all sorts of options, most of which you are never likely to want to use. My solution is to create folders on the Desktop, to contain copies or shortcuts of the options I want from the Programs menu or where software has been stored elsewhere. It is advisable to store these folders away from the desktop, then create shortcuts for the desktop. Windows automatically creates a copy of all the Desktop Icons etc. among the User Folders for backups. For an example the Desktop folders could be named GRAPHICS, OFFICE, CD ROMS, GAMES, TOOLS, MEDIA, INTERNET etc. It is unwise to actually Move anything from the Programs Menu, only Copy items. If you need to uninstall any software, it will remove the link in Programs Menu, but you will need to remove your copies, from the Desktop.

The first step is to check if the Auto Arrange has been activated on the Desktop, thus preventing you from arranging Icons where you wish. Right click anywhere there is a blank space on the Desktop. Click on Arrange and make sure there is no tick against Auto Arrange. Next Right Click again anywhere there is a space on the Desktop, then select New, then Folder, and enter the name of the Folder required. You can change the name at anytime, by Right Clicking on the folder. Once you have created all the folders required, they can be moved to any position on the screen by dragging the Icon. You can then begin by dragging some of the existing Icons on the Desktop, into the respective folder. Some items such as Recycle Bin and Internet Explorer cannot be moved, but you may be allowed to create a Shortcut such as with the latter. You can then Rename the Shortcut in the folder to omit the word Shortcut, if you wish, and perhaps Delete the original, with more Right Clicks.

The next step is to copy options from any software installed manually and the Programs Menu. You can first sort the latter Alphabetically by a Right Click over a space, once the full Programs Menu is displayed, then select Sort by Name. But the easiest way to access these options is to first Right Click on the Start button, select Open, then the Programs Icon, and the folder you wish to open. Once you have found the options you wish to copy to your Desktop folder, drag icons to a space on the Desktop , selecting Copy or Shortcut (never select Move ). After you have copied a number of Icons from the Programs this way, you can close the Programs menu to leave more room to start moving the Icons into the respective Folders. This way you can leave behind such options as Uninstall and Readme files in the Programs Menu should you ever want to use them. Of course there may be instances when you want to Copy or Shortcut a complete folder of several important options from the Programs menu into a Desktop folder. Below is an example of a Desktop.

If you find these notes of value, you may begin to wonder why the wonderful mighty billion dollar Microsoft Organization do not adopt this in Windows themselves. They could arrange for non-removable folders like the above to be created, into which copies of shortcuts to the main programs are automatically inserted every time software is installed. The terrible Programs Menu under the START button that vanishes so easily could be replaced by a PROGRAMS folder on the desk top, and the remaining FIND or SEARCH, SETTINGS, FAVOURITES etc options along with all those in the Control Panel etc transferred into other suitable Desktop folders. This way we would only have one place to look for software, instead of several as at present. Finally the START button can be replaced by an EXIT button, with the usual options. I personally think it advisable to close down any Windows under the Start button, rather than shutting off the power by pressing the start button again of a PC Console.

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