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How to Organize Your Desktop in Windows10?


Before getting started, let’s check with our Windows 10 desktop. Is the desktop tidy or just in a mess? Have you ever experienced the frustration of looking for a document on your computer but no matter how hard you search, just can’t find the file you need. Please do not worry, just follow these tips below to work more efficiently and effectively.

Organize Windows 10 Desktop by Built-in Features

Windows 10 has some built-in features for organizing your files and folders with a simple and effective way. The following are the most common ways that are easy for everyone to operate.

Sort Your Desktop Icons Automatically

This way is very simple. Just right-click your desktop and select an option in the "Sort By" menu. Four options are offered: Name, Size, Item type, Date modified. For example, select "Name" to sort files alphabetically or "Date Modified" to sort them chronologically. This makes it easier to find what you’re looking for if your desktop is in a mess. Sort Your Desktop Icons Automatically

Besides, you can also choose to view your Windows 10 desktop icons at your preference: Large icons, Medium icons or Small icons.

Tips 1: Do not click " Auto arrange icons".

Please make sure that do not click this option, because, if you select this option, it will arrange all your desktop icons automatically and you can not customize to drag or tag your desktop icons any more. That would be very annoying if you have many icons on your desktop and can not find them in their original places. Auto arrange icons

Tips 2: Highly suggest to click "Align icons to grid".

This is not a must-do list, but I highly suggest this, because "Align icons to grid" will make all your desktop icons be arranged according to the grid lines and will not be disordered. Align icons to grid

Tips 3: If you’d like, choose to hide all icons to get a perfectly clean desktop.

If you don’t use your desktop much, and wanna a perfectly clean desktop, justchoose to hide all desktop icons with just simple click. But if you’d like to see your desktop icons again, click the "Show Desktop Icons" option again. Or, you can open a File Explorer or Windows Explorer window and click the "Desktop" folder to view the contents of your desktop in a standard file browser window. hide all icons

These methods above are so common and maybe can not meet your requirements. So let’s skip over. For a better and complete solution, there are some Customized Methods and Organizer SoftwareTools that you can use to organize Widows 10 desktop icons and files into specific categories and folders.

Organize Windows 10 Desktop by Customized Folders

Try to organize our Files and Shortcuts into customizedfolders. It’s really very useful and helpful. This is what I have done for my desktop in Windows 10. Yeah well, I like all icons and files in the right place orderly, that might be my OCD.

Organize Folders by Date

Organizing by date is also helpful, but shouldn’t be used solely by itself. The reason being, if you ever perform a search for a file, you might find it in a folder labeled "Day-Moth-Year". If that’s all you have to go by, you will likely have to open the folder to look at its contents to see what is in it. It can get worse if you label all files this way and have all kinds of types intermingled with each other. Again, this isn’t very organized and perhaps worse than nothing at all.
Tips:If you feel adding a date is necessary, add a description with the date at the end or beginning, depending on your preference, to make the folders more distinguishable among the others. Organize Folders by Date

Organize Folders by Category

One way to organize your folders and files is by category or type. For instance, let’s say you have documents for school, work, personal and professional (separate from work), as well as music, photos and movies. Obviously music, photos, videos and documents could be kept separate, but organizing goes a step further. For example, you can also organize the types of documents that you have. There’s a couple of ways to do this. Organize Folders by Category

Tips: Rename files and folders with brief and precise words

After creating files and folders, another important thing is to rename your files as brief as possible, but also as detailed as possible. For many cases, you might be the only one using the folders or files, but if you do decide to share something with someone, either on a personal or professional basis, you want it to be clear to them, as well as to you. You don’t want to have to think about what you were trying to describe in a folder title. For example, I’d like to rename files and folders as the following format:
Program name- by Who - Date: XXXX Weekly Report- by Annie- d/m/y
Rename files and folders with brief and precise words
Program name- by Who - Date
In this way, all documents, files and folders are clear at a glance. Anyway, there are other ways for naming and renaming, choose the way in your habit. This will help you work more efficiently.

Customize Windows 10 Desktop by Organizer Software

If you want to organize desktop icons and folders more effectively, here some desktop organizer software are worthy of use.

Customize Windows 10 Desktop by Nimi Places

Nimi Places is a Windows desktop organizer that gives you the ability to put files and folders into customizable containers. The elements in the containers are represented as icons or thumbnails. It helps you easily find your applications and documents. It also has support for media files. The multimedia front-end lets you directly preview your videos and audios. Nimi Places keeps your workspace environment uncluttered and easily accessible. Customize Windows 10 Desktop by Nimi Places

Customize Windows 10 Desktop by Fences

If you don’t like too many icons and shortcuts on your desktop, Fences provides a nice way to switch from icons to no icons with a simple double click.

Fences helps you organize your PC by automatically placing your shortcuts and icons into resizable shaded areas on your desktop called fences. Its many customization features are what make Fences the world's most popular Windows Desktop Organizer.
Customize Windows 10 Desktop by Fences

Customize Windows 10 Desktop by Duplicate Cleaner

If you’re getting troubled about duplicated files, then Duplicate Cleaner is your best choice. This is a free program that can help with finding and removing duplicates of any kind from your computer. Duplicate Cleaner's straightforward interface makes it a snap to start searching for duplicates. You can narrow your search by the type of file, sizes, dates and more. You can specify which drives and folders to look in, and you even get an option to search inside Zip archives.
Customize Windows 10 Desktop by Duplicate Cleaner


So let's go back to where we started. If your Window 10 desktop is in a mess; if you have experienced the hard frustration of looking for a document on your computer; please do not wait any more. Start organizing your files right now. Make your desktop keeping tidy! Make your computer running speedy! Make your work performing efficiently!

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