How should I organize my desktop?

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  1. Tomato Hentai
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    actually north korea. please send help
    Currently, I have is crappily organized using colours, before that I don't even know what it was.
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  2. TecXero

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    I just keep all my shortcuts/links in the MATE equivalent of the start menu. That menu is setup similar to how a well organized Windows 95/98SE/2K/XP start menu would be.
     
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  3. JoostinOnline

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    I auto-sort by name, but to answer your question, you should organize your desktop however you want.
     
  4. Tomato Hentai
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    *sweats*
    I don't know how I should organize my desktop.
     
  5. Originality

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    One solution is to delete all the shortcuts and move any documents or files to my documents.
    If you want to launch and apps, you can always use the start menu.

    Also, if there are any apps/documents you don't need, just delete/uninstall them.
     
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  6. Hells Malice

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    Get Fences.
    I dunno how anyone lives without it. makes your desktop look soooo much neater, and it's incredibly easy to keep it sorted.
    Prob need to pirate it if you don't wanna buy it, that's what I always do. It used to be free.
     
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  7. Vipera

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    For games use a loader (Steam, Origin, etc).
    For system software (CCleaner, defrag etc) put everything in the Start button.
    For essential software that you don't want it to use with "Start with Windows" put into the task bar.
    Delete every program shortcut that can fit in the notification area (like the Antivirus).
    Hide every icon in the notification area that you don't need when inactive (like the Action center).
    Delete every program shortcut you don't need (WinRar).
    Put everything on your User folder. If you have A LOT of stuff, make multiple folders on your desktop for easier access.

    Mine looks something like this:

    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    The three folders above are personal files and projects (blue), work (green), games (should be white but I cba). I use GIMP frequently so I keep it on the desktop. Same goes for MTG: O. Breath of Death VII is the game I am currently playing. If I press the Start button, I can access to all the programs to improve my PC (CCleaner, Disk Defrag, etc). On the taskbar, I have the web browser, mIRC and a music player. On the notification area I have mIRC (I like how it bleeps when there is activity), Skype (to change the status fast), Steam (I don't like keeping it open, so it's there), Ad Muncher (I can check when it's active by seeing when the cow goes omnomnom), Wifi and audio (to check the strenght/power). I am considering to remove the clock because I have it on my keyboard.

    Mine is just an example, but you can definitely organize without any software.
     
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  8. Taleweaver

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    Personally, I'm a keyboard junky. I use slickrun so much I often don't even realise I'm using it (it's freeware as well). It takes a while to set up and get used to, though. Basically, what it does is allow you to quickly start a program or folder by using a single keyword (or more, if you want parameters). On this rig, it always runs in the background until I press 'CTRL+W' (on an AZERTY-keyboard, those are close together). This opens up a prompt where I can immediately type a keyword I want.

    Some examples:
    CTRL+W skype <- this automatically opens "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe"
    CTRL+W maps <- this immediately opens my browser at https://www.google.be/maps (or a new window, if there's already a browser window)
    CTRL+W steam <- this opens - you guessed it - steam
    CTRL+W w qdfqf <- I've assigned a single 'w' for a google search. In this case, it automatically googles "qdfqf" (I use ww and www for picture google and wikipedia)
    CTRL+W ne tijd <- this automatically opens the site "http://www.vertalen.nu/vertaal?vertaal=tijd&van=nl&naar=en" (meaning: it automatically shows the translation of the Dutch word 'tijd' to English. I've also got en for English->Dutch and nf and fn for French/Dutch).

    This program by itself can clean up your desktop by itself, providing you can assign each shortcut to a name you can remember (you can have multiple aliasses for each program, so you can assign both toystory and toystory3 to actually 'start' the shortcut).

    Other than that: classic shell. It barely takes any tweaking, and completely gives you a clean and working windows 7-ish start menu (though I'm on 8.1, it's been months since I've seen any tiles).
     
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    Use the power of The Start Menu! :D
     
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    yeahh really messy
     
  11. Originality

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    Might be messy, but that's what desktops are for. Sticking shortcuts to all your frequently played games and apps, with a few things thrown in there for ease of access. Also, desktops are a great way to slideshow all your favourite anime wallpapers :3
     
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    I'll second Fences.

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  13. Nathan Drake

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    I take the minimalist approach to my desktop, choosing to delete most shortcuts and dump various things I save like pictures into otherwise unorganized folders. I rarely need to reference what I dump in the folders, and I use the start bar/start menu (which is on the right side for me) for my handful of frequently used applications.

    My Desktop for Reference
     
  14. LittleFlame

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    Alright i fixed my mess
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    Aww man super hyped for Bloodstained
     
  15. DinohScene

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    I got most of the shortcuts on the left side.