Solved desktop clean up

July 17, 2011 at 13:45:45
Specs: Windows me
I have windows ME and the desktop is cluttered with icons (programs) many of which I no longer need.
How can I clean it up and remove these.

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July 28, 2011 at 16:36:10
If you are unsure, why not make a folder on the desktop called "Archived" (or whatever)? You can then cut and paste all the icons you don't need into that folder.

If you make a mistake or change your mind later they can then be hooked out again.

Best not do this with icons put there by Windows - they might not like it.

"Shortcuts" normally have an arrow at bottom left.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks



#1
July 17, 2011 at 14:07:32
Select all of the icons you don't want (left click and drag), then right-click one selected icon and click Delete. Simple as that.

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#2
July 17, 2011 at 14:44:23
Does that remove the program completely or just from the desktop.

There are some that I don't want to delete completely, just from the desktop


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July 17, 2011 at 18:36:59
No, it just removes the shortcut icons from the desktop. The programs are not removed.

Edit Hold off on that a minute. Normally when you install a program, it does so in the Program Files folder and gives you a shortcut on the desktop. But if you, say, downloaded a file to the desktop then the icon on the desktop is the file and not a shortcut. So if you delete the icon you delete the file. Same thing could be true if you installed a program in the desktop folder.

You should be able to right-click on the icon and choose 'properties' and it'll tell you if it's a shortcut or an exe file or whatever.


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#4
July 19, 2011 at 15:52:52
Very true, I forgot about that. You can then delete an entire program by using the Add/Remove Programs in Windows Me.

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July 28, 2011 at 16:36:10
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If you are unsure, why not make a folder on the desktop called "Archived" (or whatever)? You can then cut and paste all the icons you don't need into that folder.

If you make a mistake or change your mind later they can then be hooked out again.

Best not do this with icons put there by Windows - they might not like it.

"Shortcuts" normally have an arrow at bottom left.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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