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Tidying Your Desktop

Over time, shortcuts tend to accumulate on your desktop. Microsoft’s productivity elves have provided cleanup tools.

To arrange desktop shortcuts

  • Right-click an empty area on the desktop; point to Arrange Icons By; then choose a command from the submenu (Figure 2.50):

    Name. Sorts alphabetically by name.

    Size. Sorts by file size, with the smallest first. If the shortcut points to a program, the size refers to the size of the shortcut file.

    Type. Sorts by file type, which keeps files with the same file extension together (.doc for Word files or .exe for programs, for example).

    Modified. Sorts by the date when the shortcut (not the original) was last modified, with the most recent first.

    Show in Groups. See “Grouping Icons” in Chapter 5.

    Auto Arrange. Places icons in neat columns, starting on the screen’s left side. Uncheck this option to drag icons anywhere on your desktop. This option won’t work if your desktop is full.

    Align to Grid. Turns on an invisible grid that makes icons snap into equally spaced alignment when you move them. Uncheck this option to turn off the grid (useful only if Auto Arrange is turned off).

    Show Desktop Icons. Uncheck this option to hide all desktop icons; check it to show them.

    Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard. Removes unused desktop shortcuts, described next.

    Figure 2.50. This submenu lets you sort your desktop shortcuts, align them, or hide them temporarily.



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