Windows 10: Using desktop to file things

  1.    19 May 2016 #1

    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

    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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       19 May 2016 #3

    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

    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.


    badrobot said: 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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    Win 10 Pro x64
       19 May 2016 #5

    joannsmotherman said: 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

    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

    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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  •    20 May 2016 #8

    "Fences" are pretty versatile and they can be hidden with a double click on the desktop.

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  •    20 May 2016 #9

    Desktop Organization


    Fences look very promising. Thanks.
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  •    20 May 2016 #10

    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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