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Desktop tips and tricks



The short time it takes you to organize your desktop can save you time and help make your computing experience simpler and more pleasant.


Move program shortcuts to the Quick Launch toolbar



Many people keep program‌ shortcuts on their desktop, but open windows can block your view of the desktop. The Quick Launch toolbar solves this problem because it is on the taskbar, which is visible even when you have windows open. For example, if you’ve added a web browser shortcut to the Quick Launch toolbar and you are working in a document, you don't have to minimize the document window to open the web browser. Instead, you can click the web browser icon on the Quick Launch toolbar.



Posted ImageQuick Launch toolbar

For more information, see Add or remove the Quick Launch toolbar or Taskbar: recommended links.

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Organize files and programs on the Start menu



On the Start menu, you can find shortcuts for programs you've used recently. And, if you want to keep a program shortcut in one place so you can always find it, you can pin it to the Start menu.



Posted ImageStart menu


To pin a program icon to the Start menu




If you use a program regularly, you can pin its program icon to the Start menu. Pinned program icons appear on the left side of the Start menu, above the horizontal line.

  • Right-click the program icon you want to pin to the Start menu, and then click Pin to Start Menu.

You can find files, documents, folders, and other items you've been working with recently in Recent Items on the Start menu.


To find recent items on the Start menu


  • Click the Start button Posted Image.

  • Point to Recent Items. Files you've worked with recently should appear in the list.

For more information, see Add or remove Recent Items on the Start menu and Customize the Start menu.

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Don't store files on the desktop



To improve your computer's performance and find files more easily, it's best to store files in the Documents folder rather than on the desktop.

To access files from your desktop, create a desktop shortcut instead. For more information, see Create or delete a shortcut.



Posted ImageA clean Windows desktop can help improve your computer's performance





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The Quick Launch toolbar must be from older Windows. I am using Win7 and have 12 programs that I use most often pinned to the tasbar. I have some other programs assigned to keys. I also removed the Recycle bin from the desktop so there is nothing except the wallpaper. The recycling bin gets emptied automatically everyday as I use ccleaner.

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I've always disliked the default desktop mess that I've seen on many computers I work on - I don't like wasting time looking for things. Back in the old win3 thru win98 days Norton Commander had an excellent desktop manager- unfortunately the program was not compatible with later Win versions. the Early MS Office versions had a shortcut bar that worked just as well as Norton Commander did until MS brought out Office 2007 which deactivated the bar. Fortunately there is a very good replacement for the shortcut bar - a freeware program called Gizmo, produced by Ariania. I've been using it for a couple of years and found it quite good and very confirurable. The download URL is http://arainia.com/software/gizmo/download.html

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