Wednesday, March 14, 2012

5 Tips for a Cleaner PC Desktop

Most of us have PCs where the desktop is more cluttered than our office and since quite a few users treat the desktop as a landing point for downloads and pretty much anything that’s copied into the PC, it’s inevitable that our desktops get cluttered very soon after setting up a new PC. In this blog post, there are 5 tips that’ll help you organize that cluttered desktop of yours and hopefully make it easier to work with!

Out of the five tips, the first three are all about using 3rd party software to help you organize your desktop and the next two tips are about using tools within Windows to help you achieve the same goal. If you aren’t really keen on installing new software, jump right up to the fourth tip.


#1. Use Deskcretary

This free application can be run manually or automatically whenever your desktop starts getting too cluttered. It goes through all the items on the desktop and creates archived (and searchable) databases that stay out of your way yet are easy to access. The program allows users to exclude key files from the archive process. As a result your desktop includes only excluded files and one Deskcretary archive folder. You can download the software here.

#2. Use Clean Desktop

This app, created for Vista and Windows 7, looks for desktop items that have not been used in the previous month. It then provides the user a list of these items with the options of deleting them, cleaning them, or restoring them. You can download the software here.

#3. Use Zum

A highly-reviewed application launcher, Zum can create a database of your videos, games, web browser, and much more. For our purposes, however, it is especially useful for its ability to move items from your desktop to its database. This insures that your desktop is cleaner and that, in the future, your applications remain more organized. You can download the software here.

#4. Create a Junk Folder

You can create your own version of Deskcretary by creating a generic folder on your desktop that can contain anything you don’t want openly displayed. Title this folder “Desktop II” or “Other Items” or something of that nature, and then drag any icon to it when you’re looking to cut down on clutter.

#5. Hide All Icons at Once!

Show icons

Sometimes, it’s just too much work to spend hours trying to organize your desktop, particularly if you are inside your browser most of the time. In that case, the best way to clear up all the clutter while not having to delete the icons is to temporarily hide all the icon and make them visible whenever you need to take a look. Here’s how you can do it.

  • Right click on your desktop and choose View >  Show desktop icons.

Doing this when icons are visible will make them invisible and vice versa.

Hopefully, some of these tips were helpful to you. If you’ve got some questions or tips to add to this blog post, feel free to leave a comment below.

This guest post was written by Amanda Green from Digital Reality Trust, Chicago – a company that provides storage solutions.