In case you were a Windows XP user, you might have heard or even used a Desktop Cleanup Wizard providing the ability to clean the desktop. It was ineffective as it did not work so well. The software giant did not see it necessary to keep it in Windows Vista. Actually, it was removed in Windows Vista. There are many ways for cleaning up your desktop even without using the Desktop Cleanup Wizard. In this Microsoft help line article, we shall see various innovative ways to clean Microsoft Windows desktop. Windows Vista help instructions for you:
- Right click on a blank space on your system desktop and then select ‘New’ and the click on the ‘Folder’ option available. Give a name to the folder something that is easily understandable such as ‘Old Desktop stuff’.
- Hit the ‘Start’ button and click on your username (found in the upper-right corner). Double click the folder named ‘Desktop’. You will see that there is a ‘Desktop’ folder open in Windows Explorer consists of contents of your Desktop.
- You can locate and then select the box located next to the ‘Date Accessed’ and then click on ‘OK’. Check the ‘Date Accessed’ which appears as one of the column headings in Windows Explorer. (You may need shrinking various other columns for seeing it.)
- Click on the heading for the purpose of sorting the list by the date accessed. The folders appear at the top of the list.
- Then drag files or folders you have made use of to the ‘Old Desktop stuff’. Close the ‘Desktop’ folder. Then, you need to wait some time for the changes to happen. Best thing, you can log off and then log on back.
- In case you want to totally remove any remaining unwanted shortcuts or files from the desktop, you will be able to drag each file or shortcuts to the Recycle bin.
- In some OS versions, click ‘Start’ and then ‘Computer’. You will see drives on your system.
- Double click on the drive where your Windows are installed (‘C:’ drive) and then you need to navigate to ‘Public Desktop’.
- Click and then drag old unused icons into ‘Old Desktop stuff’ folder and then you need to close the Public Desktop folder. You can wait for some time for the changes to appear or happen.You can even just log off and then log back on.
There you go; you just cleaned up your desktop. Hope this Microsoft help line article was useful. You will now be viewing an uncluttered desktop.