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3 Tips on How to De-clutter Your Windows 7 Desktop

By January 23, 2013June 1st, 2022Blog, Microsoft, Windows

Do you have a bunch of shortcuts to applications on your desktop? Is it a slurry of documents and folders? Do you have so many icons it doesn’t even matter what your background picture is because you can’t see it? I think it’s time you organize your desktop. Just like your desk, your computers desktop should be kept neat, organized and clutter free. Here are a few ways you can manage that.

1) Choose or make a versatile background

Just like you have a tray in your drawer to organize silverware, you can use a template background on your desktop to keep everything in its place. I made mine in PowerPoint and look what a difference it can make.

2) Use Sticky notes

Windows 7 has a desktop program that is called Sticky Notes. I use it to place reminders on my desktop. You can color code your sticky notes and format the text. Open Sticky Notes by tapping the Start button . In the search box, type Sticky Notes, and then tap Sticky Notes in the list of results. Some examples of notes are in the screenshot above and heres a link on how to use sticky notes:

3) Pin programs to your task bar

You will find the task bar located at the bottom of your desktop (usually). Each of your open programs appears as an individual unlabeled button. Looks neat and tidy, doesn’t it?

Well, you can right click on those programs and select “Pin this program to task bar” and Voila! The program icon is accessible without cluttering your desktop. Also, Windows 7 now has a cool feature called Jump Lists. Jump Lists are lists of files, documents, pictures, websites, and more, grouped by the program that you use to open them. With Jump Lists you can open files you need from the same taskbar button that you use to open the program by right-clicking on the icon and then clicking the item you wish to open.

With a place for everything and everything in its place (at least on your computer) you will spend less time playing “I spy” and more time getting your work done.

Heidi Christensen, PEI


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