Quote: Originally Posted by karlsnooks
"Click Start then drag your user name out onto your desktop. "
All this time and that had never occurred to me. Interesting.
I can see where that would be a preferred approach for some.
Personally, I hide the desktop icons and just have a theme on the desktop plus a clock gadget.
As said, I found the approach interesting and useful to some.
The whole point of having a desktop at all is that you can arrange your frequently used shortcuts on it for ease of access... That is literally why it's there. Otherwise you'd see Windows with a horrificly complex menu setup and little or no convenience features.
The first thing anyone new to Windows 7 should do is drag their Username, the computer link and the network link out onto their desktop... This gives them the central locii of their filing system at easy access... From there it's beyond easy to use the system.
In day to day operation --since win95-- I run my computers almost entirely by clicking on files. I rarely use the start menu or launch programs directly... 99% of what I do is done simply by clicking on files and letting the file associations take care of it for me.
Another thing a lot of people don't seem to realize is that they can create folders anywhere on their file system and make shortcuts to them either on the desktop and/or in their users folder... I don't even want to guess how often I've gone on service calls to find literally thousands of music files all stacked up in "My Music" because the client didn't know they could just keep making new folders as they needed them....
The power of windows is in it's native file system... The desktop links I've descriibed over and over these past couple of weeks are the users's best access to it.