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Windows 7: How to remove everythig from desktop?

09 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 build 7600
How to remove everythig from desktop?

I remember reading it in context of XP & assume that same can be done with win7 too.

I want the desktop to be clean with no icon or selected few icons like mac desktops. IF I save anything on the Desktop it should not show on desktop but it should go to another folder named Desktop which shows as shortcut on the desktop. I guess the article mentioned moving the system Desktop folder somewhere elsewhere.

I have a bad habit of cluttering the desktop & want to avoid it.
Do you know any tutorial how to make the desktop elsewhere?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

You could go to "personalization" and select whatever main icons you want and then just make a shortcut on the desktop and drag anything you want to keep into that folder. Keep it in your documents or something.

This would get you where you want to be. Good luck.
Let me know if this is NOT what you're thinking.

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09 May 2009   #3
Orbital Shark


A lot of software gives the option whether or not to install a desktop shortcut. You could create a directory on your desktop with the icons placed in that i suppose
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09 May 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Thats what I do, I create a folder for programs and another folder for games. Ive put a lot of icons on the taskbar and deleted the ones on the desktop as well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 May 2009   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

I think you guys are right. If you want to be organized...put what you use on the taskbar and make a folder that you can put other things into so the desktop does not get cluttered.

I only have recycle bin - computer - personal folder - and SIW.exe on my desktops.
4 icons. It seems to work fine.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 May 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

You can put recycle.bin on taskbar as well: Recycle Bin - Pin to Taskbar
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09 May 2009   #7
Orbital Shark

Handy solution to Dektop Cleanup

I've been looking for a decent solution to this and have found the following is rather handy.

Step 1: Add a new folder in your user folder ("Games & Software" is as good as any). [See Pic 1 & 2]

Step 2: Add a new Send To option by navigating to C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo and create a shortcut to the new folder . [See Pic 3]

Step 4: Right-click the task bar & under Toolbars & New Toolbar, select the folder that you created and it will appear on the taskbar. [See Pic 4]

Now, you can right-click any icon on the desktop & Send To [new folder] and the icons will appear in the taskbar toolbar. You can now delete the icon from the desktop without any hitch.

Hope this helps

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 May 2009   #8
Orbital Shark


Just to note, the method above is not the same as selecting Desktop from the Taskbar toolbars.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 May 2009   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate Vista Ultimate x64

The best solution I think would be to keep stuff on your desktop but just use the the view settings to hide it.

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Then just add the desktop to your taskbar as a toolbar like this.

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Another great thing about having it like this means you can access virtually every thing with only 2 clicks.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
09 May 2009   #10
Orbital Shark


Very true, personally I prefer to see the icons
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