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Your desk top

  1. Oct 8, 2008 #1

    wolram

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    I am sure this has been done before however, i have icons pop up on my desk top like sprouting mushrooms, i am never sure which ones to keep or delete, if i delete a short cut i am bound sure to need it and have to search for the program later on ,so how do you keep your desk top from looking like a mushroom patch?
     
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  3. Oct 8, 2008 #2

    Borek

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    I don't. I have to reinstall Windows at least once a year and each time I start with clean desktop, that takes care of the problem.
     
  4. Oct 8, 2008 #3
    Folders.
     
  5. Oct 8, 2008 #4

    Redbelly98

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    You can make a folder *** on your desktop, and move the shortcuts there. Clears away the clutter, and you can still find them easily.

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    *** Point mouse arrow over desktop, right-click, select "New", select "Folder"
     
  6. Oct 8, 2008 #5

    wolram

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    Well i never, what a good idea ,i seem to learn one thing and forget two about computers every day :smile:
     
  7. Oct 8, 2008 #6

    Redbelly98

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    Would you consider a job in governing our nation over here across the pond? It sounds like you would be much better at it than who we have now. :smile:
     
  8. Oct 8, 2008 #7

    wolram

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    For certain i would, if i could have Turbo as my chef and Evo as my advisor, and some guarantee that no one would shoot me.
    Turbo, would all so be a valued advisor.
     
  9. Oct 8, 2008 #8
    You may regret that guarantee after a few days in office.
     
  10. Oct 8, 2008 #9

    turbo

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    I am honored! I would be proud to be President Wolram's chef and advisor, and I could sub as bodyguard, too if you'll let me bring my Glock 20.
     
  11. Oct 8, 2008 #10
    Here is how I do it.

    First, get rid of the things on your desktop that you absolutely know that you won't need.

    Second, get rid of the things that you just think that you won't need. Make sure that what you are deleting is a shortcut. If you get rid of the shortcut, the program that it links to is still in your computer, and all you do is simply search for the program, and add another shortcut of it to you desktop if you need it again (that literally takes 5 seconds).

    Third, if there are any actual programs on your desktop (not shortcuts, but programs themselves), although this shouldn't be the case anyway, you should just put the programs in a different file and replace the desktop icon with a shortcut.

    This should only leave the things that you know that you abolutely need, and when something comes up in which you need a shortcut that you got rid of, you now know how to restore it easily and quickly.
     
  12. Oct 8, 2008 #11

    PerennialII

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    gnome with a couple of panels + compiz fusion. Can't live without anymore and don't really need to have anything on desktop.
     
  13. Oct 8, 2008 #12

    Borek

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    Good you don't have a wider monitor, I am in Warsaw and your clock is already somwhere near Taipei.
     
  14. Oct 8, 2008 #13

    Moonbear

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    :rofl: I deleted that post because it was stretching the thread too much. He can repost a smaller version when he gets a chance.

    I don't keep any program icons on my desktop. I hate that and you can't get at them when you have other stuff open anyway. I keep everything down on the bar at the bottom (I don't remember what it's called on Windows...where the "Dock" would be on a Mac, which is where everything is on my Mac). The only things that accumulate on the desktop are downloaded files, which I either delete quickly or file away every few weeks. If they get past three columns of files, I can't stand it and clean up then, even if it means I have a lot of "miscellaneous" folders.
     
  15. Oct 8, 2008 #14

    wolram

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    I have lots of folders, trouble is i forget what they are, i even have bike photos in a chili folder,
    i will have to move them some day.
     
  16. Oct 8, 2008 #15

    Redbelly98

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    Ah, that explains it.

    Borek, for a moment I thought you were doing the Sarah Palin thing, not responding to what was posted and instead responding to what you imagine should be posted.

    (Actually, pretty much all the debaters do this ... she was just more blatant about it. But I digress.)
     
  17. Oct 8, 2008 #16

    Borek

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    Would you believe it... At first I planned to write that clock is on Alaska but I have consulted my monitor direction with Google Earth :rofl:

    And Taipei is valid only today, most of the time it will be Madagaskar, but I had to rotate my desk to get access to the wall behind.
     
  18. Oct 8, 2008 #17

    Redbelly98

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    Well, thanks for clearing things up! :confused:
     
  19. Oct 8, 2008 #18
    right click and hit view then details. This is very nice for looking at a large quantity. This will only work if they are in a folder.
     
  20. Oct 9, 2008 #19
    I've always used folders. I try to make them general: Music, Pictures, Games, Downloads. Then I sometimes place related program shortcuts in the folders aswell.
     
  21. Oct 9, 2008 #20
    Have you considered an external hard-drive?

    And by the way, you are officially awesome for having a chili folder.
     
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