A Clean Desktop!

December 15, 2005

Sometimes you need a clean desktop. I’m referring to your Windows desktop (although many of us like a clean work space as well!)

I present fairly often, using my laptop, and may not want my audience to view all the icons and shortcuts on my desktop. Or perhaps you need to take a screen shot and the desktop will be behind several dialog boxes. The screen shot would be very cluttered if it included all the desktop icons.

So … a quick way to clear the Windows desktop is needed. Right-click an empty spot (there is an empty spot, right?) on the desktop. On the shortcut menu, choose Arrange Icons By, then uncheck Show Desktop Items. Wait a few seconds … the desktop clears of icons and shortcuts. Neat! Reverse to reveal your icons.

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