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Windows 7: Making distinctive desktop folders for groups of shortcuts??


14 Mar 2012   #1

Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Making distinctive desktop folders for groups of shortcuts??

Sometimes a desktop becomes cluttered with shortcuts. Not infrequently several may relate to a group, say, of security apps.

I was thinking, if there might be a way to create folders with distinctive covers, such as one with a padlock embossed on it for security.

Can it be done?

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14 Mar 2012   #2

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

I'm not sure you can create covers like that for sets of folders, but for grouping icons on the desktop, you might want to look into Fences.

Fences - Windows Desktop Organization Software
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14 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think this might be all you want.
You can create a standard folder and use any icon for it. Just right click the folder -> properties -> customize tab and at the bottom of that tab select change icon.

Fences looks pretty cool though.
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14 Mar 2012   #4

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Ah, good call Duzzy. I think I might have read a bit too much into this one.
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14 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You might of a little but your suggestion was still a good one.
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15 Mar 2012   #6

Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi all, am using Duzzy's way and own pictures. Quite fun choosing good appropriate ones!

Thanks!
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15 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No problems. There's also a number of free icons on internet you may prefer.
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15 Mar 2012   #8
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Why don't you group all your shortcut folders into one and make a toolbar. Then they are no more cluttering the desktop. Toolbars - How to Use in Windows 7 and Vista
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16 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro 64bit w/ Virtual XP Mode
 
 

I like a clean desktop and usually icons aren't even exposed(Image 2). Only exposed to show how it looks for creating the toolbars on left (Image 1). No 3rd party program.
After creating folders named Office, Graphics, Security & Webpages I used 'folderico' to change their appearance and blend into background.
Then I sorted my desktop shortcut icons into the proper folder.
Then I built my file cabinet on the left.
Top drawer for office programs. Wordpad, Notepad, Excel, Word etc
2nd drawer for Graphics. Paint, Photoscape, VLC, Snipping tool, Faststone etc
3rd Drawer for Desktop.
4th Drawer for SpywareBlaster, AV, Firewall, Eraser, CCleaner, etc
5th drawer for browser Favorites bar links
6th drawer for special web pages.

I moved my Taskbar to left as experiment and won't go back. Because first it never interferes with the bottom of web pages and it is out of the way. 2nd, most of the time I have it auto hide.

Download FolderIco here FolderIco Download get 2.4 more options no $
View Screenshots and differences between 2.4 and the free version FolderIco Download . I've been using 2.4 version 2 yrs.


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16 Mar 2012   #10

Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium
 
 

Thx For tip, I created empty folder from explorer, sent to desktop, programs in one, the other for my camera software, clean desktop
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