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(Some Guy)   In a horrible habit I've been unable to break since Win 3.1, my desktop is a clusterfark, what's an easy way to start over with a clean desktop so I'm not horrified when strangers at the cafe start reading random filenames and I have to slam my lapt   (app.wombo.art) divider line
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2022-01-20 10:03:02 PM  
Make a new folder, move everything into it and start over. When it gets full again, repeat.
 
2022-01-20 10:07:54 PM  

blacknite: Make a new folder, move everything into it and start over. When it gets full again, repeat.


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2022-01-20 10:19:51 PM  
Make two folders named Body Locations and Blood Removal Tips and use one for work and one for personal stuff.

Your MS file metadata will be interesting.

Also any shoulder surfers will back away slowly.
 
2022-01-20 10:21:28 PM  
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I did it, you crazy bastard.

I did it.
 
2022-01-20 10:27:32 PM  
Here's another tip for the 'everthing into a folder' advice: label that folder 'if not opened before Jan 1 2025 this is all safe to delete'.

Pick your own date, of course.

One year might be fine for you. Maybe two.

But three years without even opening it? you know it's all safe to go down the memory hole.
 
2022-01-20 10:27:58 PM  
This may be a bold statement, though it's just what I've observed: in my subjective experience and from what I've observed as objectively as possible in others over the decades, the level of organization of one's Windows Desktop is a bit of a reflection of the level of organization of their actual lives (and vice versa). Organize your shiat Desktop, keep it organized, take pride in it, then move on to other aspects of your life.
 
2022-01-20 10:29:06 PM  
I am NOT a good rollmodel;
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2022-01-20 10:31:32 PM  

snowblur: But three years without even opening it? you know it's all safe to go down the memory hole.


my ancient /b/ Images folder is emitting muffled screams from the basement, begging for release
 
2022-01-20 10:32:03 PM  

Imperfect Pixels: This may be a bold statement, though it's just what I've observed: in my subjective experience and from what I've observed as objectively as possible in others over the decades, the level of organization of one's Windows Desktop is a bit of a reflection of the level of organization of their actual lives (and vice versa). Organize your shiat Desktop, keep it organized, take pride in it, then move on to other aspects of your life.


(...and putting it all in one folder on the Desktop is tantamount to having that one room / closet in your house that no one is allowed to enter lest they discover that your a psychopathic hoarder. Organize yer files)
 
2022-01-20 10:35:17 PM  

Imperfect Pixels: (...and putting it all in one folder on the Desktop is tantamount to having that one room / closet in your house that no one is allowed to enter lest they discover that your a psychopathic hoarder. Organize yer files)


Am I doing this right?

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2022-01-20 10:37:10 PM  

E.S.Q.: Imperfect Pixels: (...and putting it all in one folder on the Desktop is tantamount to having that one room / closet in your house that no one is allowed to enter lest they discover that your a psychopathic hoarder. Organize yer files)

Am I doing this right?

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...

The pupper wallpaper makes it OK.

...just don't let pupper sneak into that folder, you'll lose him/her forever.
 
2022-01-20 10:55:39 PM  
Do you have a shovel and a drill with diamond tipped bits?
 
2022-01-20 11:16:14 PM  

Imperfect Pixels: This may be a bold statement, though it's just what I've observed: in my subjective experience and from what I've observed as objectively as possible in others over the decades, the level of organization of one's Windows Desktop is a bit of a reflection of the level of organization of their actual lives (and vice versa). Organize your shiat Desktop, keep it organized, take pride in it, then move on to other aspects of your life.


Look, that's awesome in theory.
But if you maintain that sh*t, your priorities are a little off.

/no, you can't see my desktop.
//on any of my machines
///f*ck off
 
2022-01-20 11:28:08 PM  

educated: Imperfect Pixels: This may be a bold statement, though it's just what I've observed: in my subjective experience and from what I've observed as objectively as possible in others over the decades, the level of organization of one's Windows Desktop is a bit of a reflection of the level of organization of their actual lives (and vice versa). Organize your shiat Desktop, keep it organized, take pride in it, then move on to other aspects of your life.

Look, that's awesome in theory.
But if you maintain that sh*t, your priorities are a little off.

/no, you can't see my desktop.
//on any of my machines
///f*ck off


lol, just *subjective* observations. Internalize at your peril.
 
2022-01-20 11:36:23 PM  
I still have my Windows 3.1 disks. Never gonna give them up.
 
2022-01-20 11:55:57 PM  

thorpe: I still have my Windows 3.1 disks. Never gonna give them up.


Ever gonna let them down?
 
2022-01-20 11:56:59 PM  
Do you not have a storage HD?  If not buy one and stop keeping junk on your system drive.
 
2022-01-21 12:51:34 AM  

E.S.Q.: snowblur: But three years without even opening it? you know it's all safe to go down the memory hole.

my ancient /b/ Images folder is emitting muffled screams from the basement, begging for release


I still dig into it for a particular bit of weirdness once in a while. I have to be careful with the gifs depending on where I'm posting.
 
2022-01-21 3:07:27 AM  
Change your web browser's icon to this and leave it visible on the desktop.

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2022-01-21 7:42:22 AM  
- Single click on one of the icons to select it
- Hit Ctrl-a
- Hit the delete key
- Accept prompt if it pops up

As mentioned above you could move them to a folder instead of deleting them.
 
2022-01-21 7:46:27 AM  
Wait a second.

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Windows 3.1 didn't have a true desktop. Unless you were running Norton Desktop, it was program manager and the "desktop" was the running programs
 
2022-01-21 7:48:11 AM  
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Arrange by penis?
 
2022-01-21 7:49:13 AM  
I'm a desktop hoarder but will eventually get annoyed as my desktop gets near the end of visible space. It's better that I keep my collection of stuff here rather than the downloads/documents folder where everything will just continue to build unchecked forever.

make new folder on storage drive something like: z-archive [date]

Things I'm positive will be entirely useless for me to reference again I will throw away.
With the remaining files -> ctrl a on desktop -> *drag everything into the new storage archive folder*

/I don't have shortcuts on my desktop, I keep my usual program shortcuts directly in the taskbar
//I do occasionally go back hunting for something so I know this stuff is worth keeping.
 
2022-01-21 7:58:28 AM  
Right now, I have 7 things on my desktop, and 4 things in my email inbox.
Bear in mind my laptop isn't used for work ever.
 
2022-01-21 8:19:12 AM  
 
2022-01-21 8:23:15 AM  
Turn on the windows setting that hides all desktop icons.

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2022-01-21 8:33:15 AM  
Make a folder on your desktop named "junk" and put everything in there. Make a junk2 folder in a few months when your shiat gets fugly again. When your desktop is full of junk# folders, create a new folder called junkcollection and put all the junk folders in there. And when you haven't touched junk folder in a year, skim it for important life saving documents and then delete it.
 
2022-01-21 8:33:48 AM  

blacknite: Make a new folder, move everything into it and start over. When it gets full again, repeat.


or this.. dnrtf thread when I posted heh
 
2022-01-21 8:51:24 AM  

neongoats: Make a folder on your desktop named "junk" and put everything in there. Make a junk2 folder in a few months when your shiat gets fugly again. When your desktop is full of junk# folders, create a new folder called junkcollection and put all the junk folders in there. And when you haven't touched junk folder in a year, skim it for important life saving documents and then delete it.


You name the folder "Trunk", then name the subfolders "Junk#".
 
2022-01-21 8:57:34 AM  
1. [Ctrl]+[A]
2. [Delete]
 
2022-01-21 9:34:02 AM  
Fences by Stardock.

You can create separate spaces for different file types, customize the look and feel and hide everything on the desktop with one click. My desktop gets cluttered during the work week as well, and it's a lifesaver.
 
2022-01-21 10:08:34 AM  
Turn off adblock on fark
 
2022-01-21 10:16:10 AM  
Change the name of your foot fetish and scat porn folders to "gaming stuff". Thats what I did and my wife never bothers to look at gaming stuff.
 
2022-01-21 11:27:39 AM  
Right click the desktop, go to View, then uncheck 'show desktop items'. I've had it that way for ten years. I simply don't use the desktop folder now. If you need to access that folder for some reason just open explorer and navigate to Desktop. Recycle Bin is accessed by typing 'Recycle Bin' into the explorer address bar. Easy peasy.
 
2022-01-21 12:10:22 PM  
I'm in a more extreme version of that.  Finally blew out my old day-to-day Windows 7 desktop and installed Linux Mint a couple days ago.  My plan had been to run Win 7 as a VM under Mint for some of the things I regularly use until I can find Linux replacements I like, but it turns out my hardware is so old it doesn't support virtualization.

So my new machine was just delivered, I'll get it setup as a Linux box over the weekend, and then I get to decide how I want to organize it, including the desktop and backups.  I was backing up all kinds of useless stuff that didn't actually need it, so a completely new OS gives me a blank slate to work with.
 
2022-01-21 12:17:09 PM  
phenn: Fences by Stardock.

You can create separate spaces for different file types, customize the look and feel and hide everything on the desktop with one click. My desktop gets cluttered during the work week as well, and it's a lifesaver.


Yeah it's brilliant.

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2022-01-21 1:15:35 PM  
I thought mine was bad until I had a help desk job and started remoting into other folks computers. Holy shiat, some of the desktops with hundreds of items and folders gave me anxiety. I dont know how people function like that.
 
2022-01-21 1:21:15 PM  
Just happy to know I am not the only one who works off their desktop. Also being doing that since Win 3.1.

Mine goes through weekly cycles. All output from AutoCAD, Photoshop, Acrobat, or SketchUp are automatically saved to my desktop. And then by weeks end they are moved to appropriate section of the server.

Otherwise it contains the recycle bin, a work folder, a personal folder, and a game folder.

It's actually the only part of my life that is organized to any degree.
 
2022-01-21 1:56:13 PM  
Buy another monitor, extend your desktop to it and move all the icons onto that one.
 
2022-01-21 2:43:31 PM  
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2022-01-21 4:51:02 PM  
I just assembled a new computer and left the old one seeding headless when it got too hoarder-y.

..then I bought a KVM switch so I could check on it every once in a while cuz it was driving me nuts

/when it finally dies they all better have their copies of 'Gallactica 1980' completed, because I'm not going to troubleshoot it back to life..
 
2022-01-21 10:21:57 PM  

roddikinsathome: I am NOT a good rollmodel;
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I assume that map of the USA is showing the dotted lines to other desktops with even more of your windows open on them, as your mess spreads across the planet.
 
2022-01-22 1:13:17 AM  
Don't be a slob.

My Win7 and one of my OSX desktops:

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The Win7 one is messy because I only use it to game. I tend just load the games and dump random crap I might need as a shortcut on the desktop or in the bar.

Mac desktop is for work. Files hit the desktop temporarily on their way to where they belong. I handle too many files in a week to be undisciplined with them.
 
2022-01-22 9:32:04 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: roddikinsathome: I am NOT a good rollmodel;
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I assume that map of the USA is showing the dotted lines to other desktops with even more of your windows open on them, as your mess spreads across the planet.


Little Snitch Network Monitor.
Or,
I work for N.O.R.A.D.

/Sshhhhh.
 
2022-01-22 9:36:23 AM  

BumpInTheNight: Buy another monitor, extend your desktop to it and move all the icons onto that one.


Oh and I'm actually not really kidding about this move either, I like having a secondary monitor off to the side where my task bar and icon waste land builds up.  That way when I'm in a full screen game I can see updates appear and what time it is etc without having to alt-tab out of the game periodically.

Its also where I keep the window up that's showing my hardware and cooling loop stats, because I play games to watch my hardware, not the other way around.
 
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