Fight Icon Blight

3/28/2012 7:01:12 PM

Fight Icon Blight

When we have a file or application that we need constant access to, it often ends up being pinned to our PC's Desktop or (our mobile device's Home screen) because it's the most visible and easily accessible location. But as the icons accumulate, the resulting clutter can turn what used to be a clear pattern of organization into a puzzling pile of shortcuts, folders, applications, and downloads. Here, we'll cover how to clean up and reorganize your Windows Desktop and mobile device Home screens to improve your productivity.

Windows 7

Description: System Maintenance in Windows 7

System Maintenance in Windows 7 can help you remove unused icon from your desktop

Back in the days of Windows XP, Microsoft included a tool called the Desktop Cleanup Wizard. There's no such tool in Windows 7, but there is a System Maintenance feature that you can access by clicking the Start menu, typing System Maintenance into the search field, and selecting Perform Recommended Tasks Automatically. At the System Maintenance window, click the Advanced button and remove the check mark from the Apply Repairs Automatically section, because you may want to keep some of the files, shortcuts, and other links that System Maintenance may change. Click the Next button and Windows 7 will look for items like broken shortcuts, unused desktop items, and error reports that are taking up disk space.



Description: iOS

You can reduce the number of icons on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by putting similar apps into folders.

Apple provides the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with up to 11 screens to organize your applications. You can move an icon by holding it down until it begins to jiggle. Then, you'll have the option to drag the icon to the right edge of the screen until a new screen appears, and you can drag the icon to a location that works best for you. It's also possible to organize the icons on your home screen into a folder. To create a folder, touch and hold an icon until the Home screen jiggles. Then, drag the icon onto another icon that you want to include in the folder. iOS will automatically create a folder and name it. Tap the name field to provide the folder name you prefer. To add another icon, hold it down until the icon jiggles and drag it into the folder. Press the Home button to save your changes.


Description: Android offers a variety of premade and custom folders you can create.

Android offers a variety of premade and custom folders you can create.


Similar to iOS, most Android devices provide you with several screens where you can arrange and categorize your app icons. Within Android, you can delete an icon from a screen simply by holding it down until the application launcher becomes a trash can (the app will remain in the list of icons that appear when you click the application launch¬ er). Then, you can drag the app icon into the trash can. You can move an app by performing a long press and dragging the app to the side of the screen and holding it until you get to the screen where you want to place it.

It's also possible to add folders to an Android home screen. Long press an empty space on the home screen and select Folder. In the Select Folder window, you'll be able to choose from a variety of options, including New Folder, Contacts With Phone Numbers, Received List From Bluetooth, and Recent Documents. As you can see, many options offer pre¬ set contents, while New Folder is the option you'll want to select for custom files and shortcuts. To rename the folder, long press the title bar.

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