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Desktop Icons

For good reason, the visible items on the top of your desk are the things that will soon require your attention: unpaid bills, invitations, current projects, items to be filed, etc.

Use your computer’s “desktop” the same way.

(Your desktop is the first screen you see when you boot up your computer — typically the standard Windows or Apple designs unless you have changed it).

Computer users often have too many or too few icons on their desktop; neither is optimal. If you store all of your program shortcuts, folders, and files on your desktop, you cannot easily find that which needs your attention. If you are fastidious enough to not want to clutter your desktop, you are missing the ease of access to your most pressing projects.

  • To save a new file to your desktop, choose “desktop” (rather than “documents”) when you specify where to save the file.
  • To bring an existing file (or folder) to the desktop, open your directory, locate the file or folder, drag it from its current location, and drop it on the desktop.
  • To open a new folder on your desktop, right-click (control+click on a Mac) on the desktop and choose New Folder.

If you are working on a project over days or months, consider saving the folder or file(s) to your desktop, rather than in your documents; you’ll need fewer clicks to access it each time. Once you have completed the project, however, be sure to drag the folder or file(s) back to the appropriate location in your documents, freeing up your desktop space for the next project.

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