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Windows 7: Desktop functionality

08 Nov 2010   #1
enduser

window 7
 
 
Desktop functionality

Is there a way to sort a group of desktop icons? I want to sort the default and program icons while leaving user created folders alone.


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08 Nov 2010   #2
mborner

Windows 7 Pro/32 Academic. Build 7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by enduser View Post
Is there a way to sort a group of desktop icons? I want to sort the default and program icons while leaving user created folders alone.
You don't want to group them into their own folder?
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08 Nov 2010   #3
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

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08 Nov 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You may want to consider using a Toolbar. Then you have a clean desktop, the icons are sorted and they are easily accessible anyhow.
Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista
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09 Nov 2010   #5
Imperfect1

 
 

Both great suggestions, SledgeDG and whs. I use Fences exclusively for this purpose, and it works very well. But creating a Desktop Toolbar is perhaps even simpler, because Fences can be a little tricky to learn to maneuver your way around.
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09 Nov 2010   #6
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I totally agree, Imperfect. Fences can be somewhat tricky until you grasp/embrace the concept.
So Rocket Dock etc is clearly the easier solution.
I personally don't like docks (too much "Mac" for my taste so I use either Fences
or, if I want my desktop all clean the App Launcher V3 desktop gadget
and/or the free version of the Tray Commander

-DG
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09 Nov 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

SledgeDG, That's great. I was looking for a /7 version of AppLauncher for a while but did not find it. Have used it a lot in Vista.
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09 Nov 2010   #8
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Right I used it ever since I found it for my vista (I lived right through the "birthing pains" of v2.x so to say
But I can't imagine my desktop without it anymore.
BTW If you ever happen to use it to its full capacity, there is no problem in starting a second instance which then keeps its own links. But I think in that case it's better to add Folders (for instance 1 for portable apps, 1 for GFX relatred stuff, 1 for games etc. haven't reached full capacity yet
Only thing I noticed so far: the drag/drop of files to be copied in those folders is a bit quirky. So I use the Link on the bottom "Click here to open the folder" and use explorer for those operations.

-DG
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09 Nov 2010   #9
davehc
Microsoft MVP

Vista and now 7 in 32 and 64 bit.
 
 

You could consider a prefix?eg
Pcoraldraw: PWord. And, in another group FMyin: Fwife, then arrange them alphebetically<?>
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