Further comments on desktop icons/shortcuts:
MANUAL RESTORATION [/b](FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DID NOT USE MY PREVIOUS
YOU CAN SELECT MULTIPLE DESKTOP ICONS/SHORTCUTS WITH THE MOUSE BY
RIGHT-CLICKING THE MOUSE AT THE TOP-LEFT OF THE DESKTOP GROUP TO BE
MOVED AND THEN DRAGGING THE MOUSE TO THE BOTTOM-RIGHT CORNER OF THE
GROUP. YOU WILL USE MULTI-SELECTION TO SELECT PARTIAL COLUMNS (UP/DOWN)
OF DESKTOP ICONS.
IF YOUR PC SCRAMBLED YOUR CUSTOMIZED DESKTOP LAYOUT, THEN IT PROBABLY
STARTED RE-ORDERING THEM FROM THE LEFT-MOST COLUMN, WORKING ITS WAY
DOWN, THEN THRU THE REMAINING COLUMNS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT. WE WILL FIX
THE LAYOUT IN THE SAME ORDER.
TRY TO REMEMBER HOW YOUR ICONS WERE ORGANIZED - BY COLUMN (UP/DOWN) OR
BY ROW (LEFT-TO-RIGHT). YOU WILL QUICKLY NOTICE THAT THE FIRST COLUMN
IS ONLY SLIGHTLY OFF OR NOT CHANGED AT ALL.
THE OBJECT IS TO PROCESS EACH COLUMN IN ORDER, STARTING FROM THE LEFT.
SINGLY RELOCATE EACH SINGLE ICON THAT DOES NOT BELONG IN THE CURRENT
COLUMN FROM THE TOP OF THE COLUMN TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PREVIOUS (LEFT)
COLUMN. CONTINUE UNTIL YOU ENCOUNTER AN ICON THAT DOES BELONG IN THE
CURRENT COLUMN. THEN MULTI-SELECT THE REMAINING ICONS IN THE CURRENT
COLUMN AND MOVE THE ENTIRE SELECTED GROUP TO THE TOP OF THE COLUMN. SET
ASIDE ANY ICONS THAT DO NOT FIT THE PATTERN. REVIEW YOUR WORK, CORRECT
ANY ERRORS, THEN START AGAIN ON THE NEXT COLUMN TO THE RIGHT.
STRAY ICONS THAT DO NOT FIT THE PATTERN WERE PROBABLY ORPHAN ICONS THAT
WERE TAKEN FROM THE RIGHT OF THE SCREEN AND USED BY THE PC TO FILL EMPTY
SPOTS IN THE LAYOUT DURING THE RE-LAYOUT (SCRAMBLING) PROCESS.
[b]REDUCE YOUR ICON COUNT:
Place commonly used icons such as IE, Media Player, Notepad and Paint
onto the Quick-Launch bar. Quick Launch icons can still be used as drop
targets for your documents and pictures.
If you have a Word document on your screen, then you do not need a
seperate icon for the Word program - simply double-clicking on the
document will start Word for you. It is the same for all documents that
have associated default processing programs, as nearly all of them do.
ORGANIZE YOUR ICONS:
Place the Recycle bin at the top corner of your screen. Place the
"Computer" icon at a bottom corner. Seperate your program, document, IE
and folder shortcuts into dedicated sections or rows on your desktop.
Using "Desktop\view\align to grid" will keep your icons in nice
straight rows and will keep you from "losing" shortcuts by preventing
one icon from being hidden behind another. It will not consume blank
desktop space by "compacting" you layout.
Give your shortcuts simple descriptive lables. Shorten the size of the
label by removing the word "Shortcut". Shortcuts can always be
distinguished by the arrow on their icon. Icons that represents actual
documents do not have such an arrow. Many users drag actual documents
to their desktop. Remember that you can create a true shortcut to the
SEARCH THE INTERNET:
Google for tips on how to manage icons, such as how to remove the word
"Shortcut" from each new icon title and how to restore the Recycle Bin
to the desktop. Most of these involve Registry hacks.
Remember that you are not alone with any of your PC problems - someone
else has had the same problem and has asked for advice online somewhere.
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