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Declutter your Desktop Now

Desktop clutter

Eventually you will need to de-clutter your desktop

By doing this, I mean, its really very simple.

First create a new Folder and name it something like: SECOND DESKTOP or DESKTOP DRAWER 1 or ALL DESKTOP FILES

Then drag and drop the folders and files, except shortcuts, into that folder.

Then, if you have created a bunch of shortcuts on your desktop to the point you can't see your desktop wallpaper, you can create a second new folder and name it something like MY DESKTOP SHORTCUTS or Shortcuts Folder no. 1

Drag and drop all shortcuts to this folder, except for your Recycle Bin and perhaps some shortcuts that refuse to be removed from your Windows PC desktop. Now you will have to remember to recreate your designations for images to upload and files to download in your browser's memory cache.

Then you will have to decide if you are willing to add these two extra NEW FOLDERS with redundant files and shortcuts as you will be backing up these two additional file folders to clean up the clutter on your desktop but they will likely be added to your external backup drive's location. That is okay because I myself have a 4 terabyte external solid state backup drive and my internal disc drive in my PC is 2 terabytes. So I am good to go with the redundant files. In any case after all this sounds too difficult for you, you can always chose to not show desktop icons on your computer by opting to click View by right clicking your mouse on your Windows 10 desktop, and uncheck SHOW DESKTOP ICONS.

But I prefer to check it and always show my desktop icons. The printer icon and some other icons are shortcuts that are basically best to keep there for instant access.

After having moved files from point A, your desktop to point B, your two new file folders to CLEAN THE CLUTTER, you will likely have to do a moderate defragment of your system to collate all of your data and save drive space on your system's hard drive.

Well, I just had to do this this morning, because I was using my Windows 10 desktop for saving so many files and folders that I was running out of space on my monitor to look at my very nice Windows 10 images that I use as my PC's wallpaper.

Happy Friday persona paper !

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VinceSummers wrote on April 6, 2018, 12:16 PM

I keep my desktop down to two columns. One on the far left mostly of regularly used items. The other is the far right column for transient files and images. I have a file that holds some specialty items such as spiritual materials. But mostly I don't have 50,000,000 things I keep. I have a separate hard drive for movies, TV shows, etc.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 6, 2018, 2:04 PM

You are truly an organized man.

Kasman wrote on April 6, 2018, 2:40 PM

My laptop is in a state of total chaos with everything scattered hither and thither but I do have an external hard drive where I put anything I want to keep (mainly photos) so they are easy to find. I really should get round to doing some decluttering myself!

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VinceSummers wrote on April 6, 2018, 4:54 PM

And here I thought you knew me! Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha/

MegL wrote on April 7, 2018, 4:21 AM

I pin programs I use frequently to the bottom task bar. Articles and pictures are filed immediately in the appropriate folder. I have some icons on the desktop but try to keep to a minimum.

lookatdesktop wrote on April 7, 2018, 9:53 PM

And as for your desktop, that surface where all those post it notes, pens and rubber stamps and stationery seem to mount up daily? LOL

lookatdesktop wrote on April 7, 2018, 9:54 PM

I guess I am just plain UNORGANIZED. Oh well. I try.

MegL wrote on April 8, 2018, 2:45 AM

It's self-preservation. My real desktop, ie working table surface is totally cluttered. I get a lot of calls on my time and there is only so much I can do.