For too many years I had a good number of icons on my desktop that made it look messy and cluttered. I tried to get rid of them by launching my applications using the Start button, but that took too much time. After a while, I got accustomed to having a messy and overcrowded desktop.
Yesterday my situation changed for the better. I read a post dubbed Clean Your Desk(top) that brought a smile to my face. It baby walked me to get rid of my desktop icons. The procedure is easy as pie. It can be done by creating a little folder on your desktop and then dragging any infrequently used shortcut icons to it. Here’s how:
- Right-click the desktop and select, New Folder.
- Name the new folder “Desk Drawer” (no quotes) or something similar. I named my folder, “Omar’s Applications”.
- Now, drag all your desktop icons to the newly-created folder. Some of the icons are stubborn and refuse to live anywhere but the desktop, so you’ll find you can’t move them. This happened with the Recycle Bin icon. The rest made the transition with no complains.
That’s it. A much cleaner looking desktop! Exactly what I wanted during all these years. If you need one of those little cute icons, open the Desk Drawer folder and there they are.
There’s another trick though. If you want to launch your applications from the Task Bar, no problem. Just right-click the Task Bar, select Tool Bar and check Desktop. This will create a desktop text on your Task Bar. Just click this text and all your desktop applications will be listed neatly in alphabetic order. Click the one you want to use and Bingo!, you’ve got it. It just can’t get any better than this.
Now my Desktop looks like a million bucks. Thanks Steve, you’ve made my day! 🙂