1.    19 May 2016 #1
    Join Date : May 2016
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    Windows 8

    Using desktop to file things


    I wonder if there is a feature or app or anything that will allow me to organize my desktop folders into categories. Right now, I do this semi manually, I have a corner where I put all my documents that are waiting on info from a client; another area of my desktop where I put all the folders of projects that I am currently working on; and so on. I'd love to be able to label these areas and keep the folders from moving out of their areas. Is anything like this available anywhere?
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  2.    19 May 2016 #2
    Join Date : May 2016
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    Windows 10 x64

    I'm not sure of a specific app but you could group the folder shortcuts in your start menu as an alternative.
    Although I'd imagine there has got to be some kind of app that can do exactly that
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  3.    19 May 2016 #3
    Join Date : Nov 2013
    Toronto
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    Win 10 Pro x64

    Why are you using the desktop and not the library folders (for files and documents)?
    You can add new library/folders and sub-folders (ex. "Pending Files" or "In-Progress Files, etc.) to the Library. https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8...dows-10-a.html
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  4.    19 May 2016 #4
    Join Date : May 2016
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    Windows 8
    Thread Starter

    Why use my desktop like a desktop


    Badrobot, I use my desktop to store documents and folders because it is a method that has proved very helpful in maintaining organization. I also keep a cork board next to my desk with information that I want to see rather than search for. I use the library features to store information, but I do not always want to store the information. Think of it like a stack-able letter tray on a physical desktop, or a desktop file holder right next to the full filing cabinet.


    Quote Originally Posted by badrobot View Post
    Why are you using the desktop and not the library folders (for files and documents)?
    You can add new library/folders and sub-folders (ex. "Pending Files" or "In-Progress Files, etc.) to the Library. https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/8...dows-10-a.html
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  5.    19 May 2016 #5
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    Toronto
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    Win 10 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by joannsmotherman View Post
    Badrobot, I use my desktop to store documents and folders because it is a method that has proved very helpful in maintaining organization. I also keep a cork board next to my desk with information that I want to see rather than search for. I use the library features to store information, but I do not always want to store the information. Think of it like a stack-able letter tray on a physical desktop, or a desktop file holder right next to the full filing cabinet.


    I thought you said you were looking for something but it seems that you don't wanna go away from desktop. The best thing you can do there is just to create folders.

    Even if there's anything better than Library folders, it's not gonna be in desktop.
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  6.    19 May 2016 #6
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Florida
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    W10 FCU & W10 Insider

    I do something similar, just make a folder on the desktop, name it accordingly and each and every file for that project/subject goes to and comes from that folder until the project is done and then it gets moved to my storage drive. Sometimes I might have 15 spread sheets going and multiple instances of Excel open.
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  7.    20 May 2016 #7
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
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    W10 Insider + Linux

    I used an earlier version of: Stardock releases Fences 3.0, adds Windows 10 support, roll-up fences but was not very impressed, maybe you can use this one.
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  8.    20 May 2016 #8
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    "Fences" are pretty versatile and they can be hidden with a double click on the desktop.

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  9.    20 May 2016 #9
    Join Date : May 2016
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    Windows 8
    Thread Starter

    Desktop Organization


    Fences look very promising. Thanks.
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  10.    20 May 2016 #10
    Join Date : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
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    Win 10 Pro (1703)

    Fences is now v3 and reported to be Win 10 compatible.

    However, you are strongly advised not to put critical data on your desktop, and certainly if it is left on C:
    If you really need to use your desktop for critical data, I would recommend you relocate it to preferably a drive or at least a partition other than that where your OS is installed.

    Some people have had major issues in discovering the loss of their only copy of family photos etc after a major Win 10 upgrade.

    You would be better to simply put shortcuts there- and keep your data on another disk or partition.
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