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Organising Your Desktop

Over the years we gather all sorts of documents and photos. Whether it would be of our holiday tickets, exotic holiday photos or our furry friends. But where do we save them?

In many cases these get saved on our desktop. Some may say its for easy access but there are downfalls for doing this.

The Downsides to Desktop Storage

The urge to save files to the desktop is understandable. It provides immediate access with a single click.

While it’s okay to use the desktop temporarily for storage, it’s likely to quickly spiral out of control and become a mess.

Unless you are strict with maintenance, you’ll eventually come across these issues:

  • No file backups: Many file backup programs ignore desktop files by default. Of course, a decent backup program will let you include desktop files, but if you forget then you’re at risk of losing important desktop files.
  • Cluttered appearance: A clear and distraction-free workspace leads to better productivity and the same rings true of your computer desktop. If the first thing you see when you login is a messy desktop packed with files, it’s unlikely to give you a positive feeling. Plus, you won’t be able to properly appreciate whatever desktop wallpaper you have set.
  • Difficult to navigate: Files often end up on the desktop for easy access. Perhaps it’s a document you’re working on over the course of several days and you want to find it immediately. However, this quickly mounts up, and you’re left with a desktop that is overflowing with files. It then becomes hard to find what you need, the exact problem you were trying to solve originally.
  • Slow login: This problem mainly impacts network accounts, but having a lot of stuff on your desktop can mean it takes longer to login to your Windows user account. This is because it has to sync everything on the desktop before it can move on to something else.


Using File Explorer

As you can see in File Explorer, there is folders for Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos. Inside these folders you can create additional folders to improve your organisation even better. To do this simply click on which location you wish to make a new folder i.e Documents, Pictures. Then Click Home on the top bar, then New Folder.


Now you can rename the folder. And you can simply drag and drop from the desktop to the folder you wish to move it to.