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Windows 7: Stupid desktop question

14 Jul 2010   #1

Win 7 Professional 64bit
Stupid desktop question

Ok, now this may sound pretty stupid, but old habits die hard...
I always have lots of icons on my desktop. Not files (I know exactly where to find my data) but programs. Some of them I use practically every day, so I find it handy when they are on my desktop. Some others I use very rarely and if I hadn't the icon sitting there I wouldn't remember that I have them, what they are called and where to find them

The result is a very full desktop. I find everything I need at a glance but it is ugly. Now I've started to put some programs into the quickstart list but I don't want to put too many there, there isn't room enough for all of them anyway.

In your screenshots I've seen beautifully clean desktops - which makes me wonder how you start your programs - going through the list of installed programs all the time?

It would be cool if there was a way to keep them somehow organized in groups. Is there perhaps a tool for that?

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14 Jul 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Make a folder for programs that you use the most, then another one for miscellaneous, etc ...
That way you could have maybe three (named) folders on your desktop instead of a mess :)

This is my 'organized' desktop

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14 Jul 2010   #3

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Stardock ObjectDock

There are two versions ; one is free - with that you may get a cool dock , that may contain a guge number of icons .

But there is another, Plus version, costa 19.95 dollars . It gives you a scope of using multiple docks, as drawers . Like the screenshots of this link New Page 1 .
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14 Jul 2010   #4

Win 7 Home Premium x64

You can organize all your programs in folders on the start menu, and then delete the desktop icons. Note that contents of the start menu are stored in two locations, see this prior thread for more info.
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14 Jul 2010   #5



Another option is to use a program like Winstep nexus or Rocketdock.
You can put all of your icons on it and even organize them in groups with deviders.
I myself use winstep nexus: Winstep Nexus Dock - The Advanced Docking System for Windows
It is higly customizable and you can auto hide it.


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14 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate

I use Objectdock from Stardock, free and easy to use! (you can also set it to auto-hide).

Then, I right click my desktop and hide the icons.

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14 Jul 2010   #7

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

I make an extra folder on the desktop called DeskTop Extras
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14 Jul 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64

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14 Jul 2010   #9

Win 7 Professional 64bit

Thank you
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15 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx

If you really want all the icon on the desktop itself, then you can try Fences
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