How to group and organize Windows 10 desktop icons

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Our Windows The desktop is often our access location for placing files and folders, especially if we want quick and convenient access. As a result, our desks could be seen as a massive heap of clutter, a hodgepodge of files on the screen.

In part this is the fault of the operating system; Desktop appears first in almost every dialog box for saving files, making it an incredibly useful place to save "just a couple of files." Unfortunately, these two files quickly add up to so much more. His desk quickly ends up looking like chaos.

  

It does not have to be this way. Organizing your Windows the desktop is so much easier than cleaning up real-life clutter, and you don't even have to stop using the desktop as your default organization space. In this article, we will show you how to get your Windows Desk organized to be clutter free, efficient and convenient.

(Do you only need a short-term solution for a crowded desktop without doing a major reorganization? You can try our tutorial on how to shrink your desktop icons, though that's just a workaround.)

Windows It has some built-in functions to organize files and folders, which might be what you need. For a more robust solution, there are some third-party packages that you can use to group desktop icons into specific categories. Let's take a closer look at both solutions.

Organize desktop icons with folders

The easiest way to control your desktop is to use folders. Adding new folders to the desktop is simple. First, right-click on the desktop and select New. Then click Binder from the drop-down menu to create An empty folder.

It is a good idea to name the folder when it becomes more organized. But in case you forget, you can always rename it by right-clicking on the folder and selecting Rename. Then you can write a name for it. Remember you're trying to make your desktop more organized, and the least you want is to see your folders called New Folder, New Folder (2), New Folder (3), and so on.

You can now drag and drop the appropriate desktop shortcuts into your new folder. This will save the files in your folder instead of having them scattered on your screen. You can add any number of folders to the desktop for alternative shortcut categories, such as applications, utilities, multimedia software, etc. Then you could move the icons to the folders like in the snapshot below.

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If you have a lot of files on your desktop, organizing them can be difficult, especially if they start to overlap. A useful technique is to use the built-in sorting functions of Windows 10 to sort your files by type. This will bring all files of the same type together, so if you have a "Movies" folder, for example, sorting by type will put all video files in one place. In this way, you can easily select them as a group and drag them to your "Movies" folder. Just right click on the desktop, click Sort by -> Type of article.

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Third party tools

Places Nimi

The built-in folder system for Windows It is simple and effective, but it does not have many functions. One feature you might want to have is the ability to see inside folders without having to open them, just to remind you of what's in there. You can create folders like that using a third-party tool called Nimi Places. It is a portable software package that you can use to add groups of folders to the desktop. Open this page and click “Download Nimi Places” and save the executable file. Then click on the .exe file and select "Extract Nimi Places" to start the software.

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Nimi Places launches with four groups of ready-to-use containers for applications, games, documents and downloads. You can copy and paste desktop shortcuts into those boxes by right-clicking an icon and selecting "Copy." Then right-click inside one of the container boxes and click "Paste" to add the copied shortcut to it.

You can also drag containers to relocate them to the desktop. However, there is a tendency to accidentally drag them across the screen. To avoid this, just right click on a container and click To block. You can unlock them in the same way, by right-clicking on the container and selecting To unlock.

To add your own group containers to the desktop, click on the Nimi Places icon in the system tray. This will open the window as shown in the screenshot below. Click the + button at the bottom right to create a new container. Then click Siteand select one of the shortcut folders on your desktop. That will add the folder container to the desktop, and you can open the shortcuts it includes from there.

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You can resize containers by clicking by dragging their edges with the mouse. Note: You can also scroll through the contents of larger containers with a scroll bar by clicking on the right side of a container and then dragging its scroll bar up and down.

To edit container titles, right-click the title bar at the top of the container box. Then select the Rename container option, which opens the text box below. Enter an alternative title for the container there.

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The software has some other customization options for containers. To view them, right click on a container and select Appearance Y Topic from the submenu. This will allow you to choose some alternative funds for the containers.

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Toolbox

ToolBox is another third-party package that you can use to group icons on your desktop. You can download the program from here. Click on tbox285.zip to save your Zip. Then open Zip folder in File Explorer and click Remove all to extract the contents of the folder. When you have extracted the contents of the Zip file, you can run ToolBox from there.

You can now configure new desktop icon boxes by right-clicking the ToolBox icon in the system tray and selecting New Toolbox. That adds a box to the desktop as you can see in the screenshot below. Drag the desktop icons to the box or boxes to organize them.

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To further customize those desktop icon boxes, right-click one and select Toolbox properties from the context menu. That opens the window on the snapshot directly below. There, you can resize the boxes, change their colors, and apply new effects to them.

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To resize the icon boxes, drag the bars below Window and tile size. Drag the Rows bar to expand or contract the height of the box. Alternatively, you can drag the Columns right or left bar to alter width.

You can modify the colors of the boxes by clicking on the box next to Colour. That will open a color palette from which you can choose other colors. Or you can add a wallpaper to the box by selecting Bitmap from the dropdown menu and pressing the button next to the Background Bitmap Path box.

You can include the title at the top of the box by clicking on the Visible title bar check box (or hide the title by unchecking it). Enter new titles for the box in the Toolbox name text box at the top of the window.

Once you're done click on the Apply the changes button to apply any newly selected settings.

The Control Panel on the toolbar lists all of its icon boxes. You can right-click a box and select Toolbar control panel to open the window shown below. the Toolboxes The tab lists the desktop icon boxes. You can delete a box by right-clicking its title there and selecting Delete toolbox. Click Configurations > Save all toolbox settings to quickly save all shortcuts, effects, and desktop positions of icon boxes.

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In addition, you can also configure boxes that include shortcuts to the system tray. The control panel on the toolbar includes a Magicians Menu at the top. Select that to open a small menu where you can configure a system folder, a drive and a megapack shortcut box.

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With Windows 10 folders, Nimi Places and ToolBox, you can now efficiently group your desktop icons and organize shortcuts. You can also view app launchers as a way to clean up a messy desktop, as explained in our How to add new app launchers to Windows 10 item.

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