That Messy Desktop

When is the last time you really looked at your desktop? What is all that crap?

I suddenly realized all the space around the photo I have in the center of my desktop is completely full. I started looking and have NO idea what some of it is - or why on the Earth I would keep it on the desktop!

In my case, I made categorized folders and started shoving stuff in them. That does not mean I'll look at the files when I have time. I just told myself that.

Eventually, they're going to hit the recycle bin - and good riddance. If you don't open something right away to, at least, scan it - chances are, you never will.

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Messy Desktop

jl, that article hit a homerun!

Over the years, I've saved thousands of interesting/valuable stuff to my desktop, knowing that I'd either never find them again or forget them for sure if I allowed the 'computer' to park them somewhere. Each one adds another icon to the desktop, of course, and when there's no more visible space, they go off to the side somewhere. So I tried all kinds of tricks to keep track - folders on the desktop named "Must Read", "Word Docs to read", "PDF to read", "iCop-stuff", etc.

Soon had so many folders I made a master folder named "A-Z" with sub-folders named "A", "B", etc.

That helped a little. Now the problem is finding/taking the time to sort through and cleanup the clutter.

Usually leads to asking myself why I even saved a lot of that stuff in the first place.

RichardP, sharing safe family fun stuff at

Messy Desktop

Oh, my goodness, Richard! You must be a worse pack rat than I am! Funny - I would never think of saving real "stuff" like that, but I think I have to save every piece of virtual junk. But, after reading your system, I don't feel so bad. I never had to use double folders! LOL ;-) jl

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