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Issue #777
Volume 15 Number 46
August 31, 2018
 
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A comment from Mark
I just want to thank Darcy again for removing all the malware from my computer and for all the time she took making it run great again. Darcy took the time to fix everything and installed Emsisoft  too. Great Job, Darcy! Cloudeight Direct is the BEST DEAL EVER!

A comment from Sherry
I just want to thank TC for all his help last week. He connected to my computer in the early hours of the morning and fixed up my windows 10 computer  and cleaned it all up and he even installed Emsisoft too!  I can't thank you enough for your time. I will certainly recommend Cloudeight to all my friends and my family. Thanks so much for your hard work. Everything is working perfectly now. Sherry.

A comment from Jerry
Yesterday TC visited my computer which was running slow, did his magic thing and in lass than a 1/2 hr. had it humming like new again, THANK YOU TC. AWESOME!

A comment from Debbie
Just finished a session with Darcy and as usual, she completed everything with fingers flying over each task. The money spent on Direct Care keys for this service is well worth it & you can't go wrong! "magic fingers" move over everything correcting errors that I have created! I spread the word about their service often as you are sure you are not being "taken for a ride" like you are when your computer goes in the shop! Thank you Darcy for everything!

A comment from Virginia
How do I say how much I appreciate TC and Darcy. I had a direct care session with them and was afraid my computer could not be fixed and TC had warned me that his fix might not work since I am still using Windows 7, but it did! I am beyond delighted. We also had a mail connect problem and Darcy stepped in and after making a phone call to me, she had it up and going in minutes. They are absolutely fantastic people to work with. I have been with them for many years and plan on staying and using their tips and advice for as long as I can use my computer. Thanks so much TC and Darcy. You have made a senior citizen feel safe and secure about using my computer.

A big Cloudeight "Thank you!" to Mark, Sherry, Jerry, Debbie, Virginia  and everyone who took time out to write to us. We appreciate your kind words and your support very much! EB & TC

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Margie wants to delete the huge Windows.old file on her computer
I use several computers and just installed the new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.  No problems at all.  But now I am stuck with an over 20 gig file that won't delete, it is in the Windows.old file on the C drive.    There is no reason for me to hold on to that file - there is nothing in the old version I want and should anything not work properly I would just re-install the entire operating system.   So how do I delete this old file - it won't go no matter what I do - Administrator does not work on this one.  This is very annoying and tells me I am not in charge of my own computer!!  I should be.   Please help.

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Hi Margie. Be very sure you want to delete the Windows.old folder. If you delete it and you have problems with the latest updated whether it be  Windows 10 Fall Creators Update  or Windows 10 Version April 2018 Update you will not be able to go back to your previous version of Windows 10.

After you install a major update (like Fall Creators Update or April 2018 Update), Windows gives you 10 days in which you can easily return to your previous version of Windows without losing any data or programs; in other words you can turn back the clock and go back to the previous version of Windows just by pressing a button in Settings > Update & security > Recovery >

If you're sure you've used Windows 10 Fall Creators Update long enough (and this applies to any future version update)  to know all is well and you want to remove the Windows Old folder you can do so using Windows Disk Cleanup:

In Windows Search (Cortana) in the taskbar search for Disk Cleanup and press Enter (or click it) when Disk Cleanup appears at the top.

When Windows Disk Cleanup appears, you'll see a dialog appear click OK to let it scan your C drive. When it's done it will show you a list of files that you can clean using Disk Cleanup. Near the bottom you'll see a button that says "Clean up system files". Click that button.

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Windows will ask drive you want to clean up, it will default to "C". Leave it set to drive C and click OK. Wait a few minutes for Windows to scan your drive. When it's done you'll see another dialog. You'll need to scroll down until you see "Previous Windows installations".

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Tick the box next to it. And then click OK. It will take a while to remove the files.  The Windows.old folder is huge -- 20 GB or larger.

The Windows.old folder not only contains your previous version of Windows, but an exact image of your previous installation including programs, files, settings, etc. So be very certain you  are not having any problems with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update before you delete the Windows.old file or you will have no easy way of going back without having to reinstall your programs and possibly losing data.

Keep in mind that Windows will automatically remove the Windows.old folder within 30 days after you update.

Hope this helps you, Margie.

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Douglas wants to use his Windows 10 Pro to upgrade a new Windows 10 Home computer
I have a Sony laptop with Win 10 Pro ( which MS installed when I updated from 8.1). I have been looking for a new laptop and think I have found the one I need; a HP Pavilion X360 Bro20ca 2-in-1 (laptop & tablet), Win 10 home, on Costco Canada - Costco.ca - it is listed as $100 less than Best Buy Canada, with free shipping. My question: if I purchase it, could you install Win 10 Pro on it from my external drive (which you setup for me), or should I just use the Win 10 home? I use my computer for personal/home use and don't know the difference between 10 home & 10 pro. Your advice would be very much appreciated.

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Hi Douglas. We'll try to make the answer to your question short and sweet. You can't update a Windows 10 Home PC to Windows 10 Pro without buying a separate license.

The Pro edition of Windows 10 has all the features of Windows 10 Home. Beyond that, it offers more advanced privacy and connectivity tools and features such as Group Policy, Group Policy Editor (which you can add to Windows 10 Home - see this page), Domain Join, Bitlocker, Enterprise Mode Internet Explorer (EMIE), Direct Access,  Client Hyper-V, Direct Access and a few more. Most of the advanced features of Windows 10 Pro are geared toward commercial clients and businesses. We don't see many advantages for the average user. We think you'd be happy with Windows 10 Home.

Unless you need any of the features of Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10 Home is quite capable.

We use Windows 10 Home for our computers and because most  have never found any need for Windows 10 PRO for our personal or business computers.

We hope this answers your questions, Douglas.

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Aria has a failing hard drive
My PC does not boot . when I turn it on I get error : AHCI Port0 Device error press f2 to set up when I press f2 I get CMOS set up utility. several options there but have no idea what to do. Can you help? I had Windows 10 version 1703. Please let me know my options. Thanks!

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Hi Aria. The AHCI device error you're getting is generated from the BIOS' S.M.A.R.T. hard drive detection. Hard drives can fail at any time. We've had them fail when they were less than a year old and we've seen hard drives last for 10-12 years. The S.M.A.R.T. feature is a warning system that hard drive failure is imminent.
 
The error you're getting has nothing to do with Windows - it occurs before Windows starts. The error means that the S.M.A.R.T. hard drive system has detected that your hard drive at port 0 (main hard drive) is failing and the drive may not be accessible. It indicates also that your hard drive may fail at any time.  You can try pressing F1 to try to boot into Windows.  If you do get lucky and boot into Windows, you should back up your files and replace the hard drive (or have someone replace it). A new 1 TB hard drive is not that expensive, you can get a brand name for around $50... or less. And these days they are very easy to install.
 
If you have access to another computer you can use our Windows 10 page to download an ISO file and make a Windows 10 DVD. You can use that DVD to boot your computer.  Then you can try using the disk repair tools and/or other troubleshooting tools on the Windows 10 DVD. But even if you get Windows started, if your hard drive is failing your going to need to replace it - in which case having that Windows 10 DVD will be very handy.
 
If you have to get a new hard drive, you can use the DVD to install Windows 10. You will not need a new product key as long as you install Windows 10 on the same computer. Microsoft hard codes the Windows product key to your hardware (motherboard), so if you put a new hard drive in and reinstall Windows, you'll not need a Windows product key.

We hope this helps you.

Aria wrote back and she replaced the hard drive and reinstalled Windows from the DVD and she's now in the process of getting her computer set up. Good job, Aria!

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Nick has problems with WinPatrol
I started using WINPATROL now WINANTIRANSOM on your recommendation. I have had an ongoing problem the past couple of months with it and have tried on two separate occasions to get help with no response each time. I also noticed that you no longer have them listed as recommended software. should i be looking for an alternative? Thanks, Nick

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Hi Nick. We stopped recommending WinPatrol several  years ago after our friend Bill P (the developer) sold out. Almost as soon as he sold the company we noticed that WinPatrol started changing. And we started getting complaints about issues with the program. WinPatrol went from being a really great program that did its job well, to a program that wants to be everything to everybody - and that's never a good philosophy. Because the program is doesn't work how it used to, we have not recommended WinPatrol for several years;  we have never recommended WinAntiRansom. Our recommended security program, Emsisoft, is a world-class anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-ransomware and anti-PUPs security program.  The only security software we use and recommend is Emsisoft; its all you need for protection and security.
 
You can control startups nicely in Windows 10 with task manager, or a program like Reg Organizer ( http://thundercloud.net/ro ) which we have been using and recommending the past several years.

Nick wrote back: "Thanks for getting back to me so promptly. I have both Emsisoft and Reg Organizer through you guys. I will dump WinPatrol. Nick"

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Gina wants to know why we don't recommend RoboForm anymore
I've noticed that for several years now you haven't seemed to recommend RoboForm, as you had for many years in the past. I subscribed to it years ago on your recommendation and still use it, but I'm wondering if perhaps I missed some articles you may have written indicating that you changed your mind about RoboForm? I've had 4 surgeries within 3-1/2 years and got really behind in reading my newsletters, so I'm curious and would like to know your current thoughts on RoboForm.

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Hi Gina. Darcy still uses and really likes RoboForm. I use LastPass. But since LastPass does just about the same things RoboForm does and LastPass is free, we usually mention LastPass when trying to get people to use a good password manager so they will use strong passwords and stop using the same password for more than one site.

It's always been our policy to recommend a free program if it is as good or nearly as good as a program you have to pay for. This is in spite of the fact we could make a nice commission by selling RoboForm. And we are very aware that some people think we only recommend programs because we can make money from them, but that's not true. Emsisoft comes to mind. We recommend Emsisoft (not free) because we have seen computers that supposedly protected by free antivirus programs that were literally full of PUPs and malware. And we see this almost every day, Gina. We know, from our own experience, that there is no free antivirus that protects users from as many dangers as Emsisoft does. It's very important to make sure that computers are protected from viruses and Trojans (and those are very rare these days), and that they are also protected from the malware and PUPs that they are exposed to almost every single time they venture on to the Web.

While we recommend LastPass to our readers because it does the same things as well or almost as well as RoboForm, we mention it in our articles trying to get people to realize how important it is to have a good password manager. Since it's free there's one less barrier to people actually using it. That being said, RoboForm is a great program, and as I mentioned earlier, Darcy likes it and still uses it every single day.

I hope this addresses your concerns, Gina.

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Barb Doesn't Have Pen & Touch on "About..." her PC
Your last newsletter featured an article called "All About Your PC". This led me to inspect "About my PC". I don't have something called Pen and Touch, but I would still like to know what it is, why I don't have it, and what it would do if I did have it. Your newsletters are my Saturday morning learning sessions. Thank you both so much. Barb.

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Hi Barb. Thank you so much. I'm sure others are wondering the same thing as you. But it's easy to explain. The computer we took the screen shot from has a touchscreen. Computers that don't have touchscreens won't see "Pen and touch" listed. We hope this explains why it was on the screen shot we included with the newsletter and why you don't see it on your "About..."
 
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Use Cortana to Sign Out, Shut Down, Restart  or Lock Your Computer
Windows 10 Version 1709 and Windows 10 Version 1803

Here's a quick and easy tip for those of you who have installed the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. You can use Cortana to Sign Out, Shut Down, Restart, or Lock your computer with simple voice commands.

For example, try this:

Say "Hey Cortana". When "she" is listening, say "Lock my computer" or "Lock my PC". She'll say "Locking your computer" and you'll see the lock screen appear and you'll have to sign in.  This is a good way to test this, since locking your computer does not log you out of Windows so whatever you had running when your computer was locked will be ready and waiting for you when you sign in.

In addition to the above, you can use the following commands. In every case you have to summon Cortana by saying "Hey Cortana!" (unless you changed Cortana's default settings)"

"Hey Cortana:

"Shut down my computer."

"Restart my computer."

"Log off my computer."

Remember: You can use the word "computer" and "PC" interchangeably.... Cortana treats them the same... as do we. 

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Turn Off All Background Apps in Windows 10
Windows 10 version 1703, Windows 10 version 1709, Windows 10 version 1803

Prior to Windows 10 Creators Update, turning off background apps meant you had to go through a long list of apps and turn each off separately. In Windows 10 Creators Update and Fall Creators Update you can turn off all background apps by flipping one switch.

To turn off all Windows 10 background apps, do this:
  1. Open Settings  (From Start, Action Center or by using the Windows Key + i shortcut)
  2. Click on "Privacy" 
  3. In "Privacy" click on Background apps,
  4. At the top of the Background apps dialog, turn the switch under "Let apps run in the background"  to "Off"
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Turning the switch to off does not prevent you from using the apps. If you have live tiles on your start menu (weather, news, etc.) those will not function if you turn the switch off. But if performance and privacy are important to you, you can turn off all background apps in Windows 10 Creators Update and Fall Creators Update quickly by flipping one switch.

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10 Simple Google Search Tips and Tricks You Can Use
Google Search (Some tips work with Bing and other search engines)
  1. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase: Here's a simple trick that can help you narrow down your search results in a jiffy.  Searching for a phrase in quotes will return search results containing the same words in the same order. This can really save you time if you're looking for a particular phase. 
  2. Use an asterisk in quotes to search for unknown or variable words: Did you know you can search for a phrase when you're not sure of a word in phrase by using an asterisk to replace the unknown word. For example, I just searched for: "Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the * " returned:  "Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside " (JFK). Or "A * in the hand is worth * in the * ". You know the result for that.
  3. Use a minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words: You can streamline your searches by using the minus sign to remove those words from your search results. For instance: Search for Lasagna recipes -meat sauce. Note the - minus sign is right next the word you want to eliminate - not a dash between the words. The search for Lasagna recipes -meat sauce results in recipes for lasagna which don't include meat.
  4. Search specific websites for keywords: Use the "site :" function (Google only) that searches only a specific website. For example, if you want to see how many times North Korea was mentions on CNN's web site, type "North Korea site:CNN.com". If you want to see how many times it was mentioned on Fox News, type, "North Korea site:foxnews.com".
  5. Search news archives all the way back  to the mid-1880s: Google News has a feature that lets you search back over 100+ years’ worth of archived news from newspapers from around the world. Just visit this page: http://news.google.com/newspapers 
  6. Use vs. to compare foods. Want to know the difference between wheat and spelt? Type "wheat vs. spelt" in the search form. You'll get a comparison. Type in "quinoa vs. rice" and see what you get.
  7. Use search to give you definitions of words. For example: "Define:Trenchant" (no quotes needed).You can even look up slang. Define: Booyah or Define: Bae. 
  8. You can use the microphone icon on Google to flip a coin or give you a sweet love quote. Go to https://www.google.com and click the microphone icon and say "flip a coin" or "love quote". If you're shy you can type "flip a coin" (no quotes) and get a random heads or tails every time. Good for solving arguments. I do this all the time with EB. Tails you lose, heads I win. 
  9. Play a game. That's right you can play Atari Break out on Google. Go to https://www.google.com/  and click on Images (at the top right). In the image search form type "Atari Breakout" (no quotes) and press Enter. 
  10. Use the tabs in Google search. On the top of every search you'll see several tabs. Normally you'll see Web, Image, News, and More. Use these tabs to help define what kind of search you want to do. If you're looking for images, click the Image tab. If it's news you're looking for, click the "News" tab. It's very simple but many people don't even notice those tabs. They're there to help you!./li>
There are dozens more search  tricks you can use to help you find whatever your looking for. These 10 will get you off to a good start.
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Middle-click Trick
Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10

If you have a mouse with a middle button or a scroll wheel, you have a middle-click option you may not have known about.

With this tip we’re going to show you a middle-click trick we’re sure you’ll use often.

For this example, we’re going to have you open Notepad, so go ahead open Notepad. If you’re using Windows 10 type Notepad in the taskbar search and click on Notepad (Desktop app) when it appears at the top. On any version of Windows, you can open Notepad this way:

  1. Open a run command (Windows Key + R)
  2. Type Notepad in the run box
  3. Press enter

When Notepad is open you’ll see its icon in the taskbar. Now middle-click the Notepad icon – you’ll see that it opens a brand new instance of Notepad. You can do this again and again (don’t get crazy) and each time you middle-click on its taskbar icon a new instance of Notepad will open.

See?

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You can see that I have 4 Notepad windows open, I’m working in window #1. By middle-clicking the Notepad icon on my taskbar, I can open as many new Notepad windows as I want. Geeky people call this opening new instances. Take your choice.

If you think your mouse wheel is not a middle click button, try pressing down on it quickly – like you would your left and right mouse buttons. Most of you will find that your mouse’s scroll wheel doubles as  middle mouse button. The mouse I’m using right now is a cheap $15 Walmart wireless mouse – and the wheel doubles as a middle mouse button on this cheap old mouse.

This trick not only works for Notepad, but many other programs as well. It will work with any program that lets you open multiple instances. If you have an icon on your taskbar for Chrome, middle-click it – a brand new instance of Chrome will open. Most of you have a File Explorer (Windows Explorer) icon on your taskbar – if you middle-click it, a brand new File Explorer (Windows Explorer) window opens. You do this with a lot of programs- but not all. Some programs allow only one instance to run at a time. So if you need to run more than one instance of a program, try the middle-click trick right now. It will save you time.

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PassMark DiskCheckup

A couple of weeks ago, EB called me - she was having a computer problem and wanted to get my ideas on what I thought it might be. She was getting boot errors and other strange messages. My first guess was her hard drive was going. The PC in question was her personal All-in-One, around 2 years old - so hard drive failure would not be something you'd expect. After some troubleshooting, she agreed - the hard drive was bad. She got a new hard drive, installed Windows 10, used her backups to get back her files and she was back in business.

It was strange because there were no signs of drive failure. There were no unusual computer noises. There were no mysteriously missing files. There were no signs of pending hard drive failure at all. All was working correctly, then the hard drive failed. There were no warning at all.

I guess we all get complacent and seldom think about how much is riding on our hard drives. More often than not, hard drives are durable and stand the test of time, but not always. Both of us have had hard drives fail more than once, so it does happen, and it can happen to anyone.

EB's experience with hard drive failure, led to this freeware pick. We took some time and looked around for a freeware program that may give you a bit of a heads-up if your hard drive is starting to fail. We tested a few of these drive checking program - there are some really bad ones out there. Finally we found one that we thought was good enough to recommend.  It's made by a well-respected company and it is free for personal use. It's called PassMark DiskCheckup™.

And today, you're lucky. No more of my rambling on. The developers have a really good and thorough description of DiskCheckup on their website, so we are going to let them tell you all about DiskCheckup. We think it would be a very smart program to download, and have handy, even if you only use it occasionally to check your hard drives. Most of you will not have any hard drive problems, but if you do, wouldn't it be nice to know that your hard drive was failing before it failed. It's no fun, when that happens, EB can tell you all about that.

Now here are the developers of DiskCheckup to tell you all about it:

"PassMark DiskCheckup™ allows the user to monitor the SMART attributes of a particular hard disk drive. SMART (Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology) is a feature on a computer's hard disk for providing various monitoring indicators of disk reliability. If SMART is enabled on a hard disk, the system administrator can receive analytical information from the hard drive to determine a possible future failure of the hard drive.

"SMART monitors elements of possible long term drive failure, such as 'Spin Up Time', the number of start/stops, the number of hours powered on and the hard disk temperature.

"DiskCheckup displays the current values of the SMART attributes, along with the Threshold value for that attribute. If an attribute drops below its threshold, the drive cannot guarantee that it will be able to meet its specifications in the future.

"Note that SMART attributes change slowly over time and are helpful attempts to diagnose the life span of a particular drive. DiskCheckup monitors these changes over a long period and predict the date (if available) of the Threshold Exceed Condition (TEC), which is displayed on the main window.

"DiskCheckup can also execute built-in Disk Self Test (DST) routines implemented by the vendor to detect drive failures. There are two main self test routines: Short Test and Extended Test. The results of these tests are displayed in DiskCheckup.

"DiskCheckup has the ability to detect and set the sizes of the Host Protected Area (HPA) and Device Configuration Overlay (DCO). The HPA/DCO are hidden areas of the hard disk that contain data not accessible by the user. These areas can be removed to reveal the data hidden within these areas.


"DiskCheckup also displays device information, such as the drive geometry, serial number, model number, media rotation rate, and supported features. The real-time activity of the disk is also displayed and updated periodically..."

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Above. Click on the hard drive you want to check - I have two. Click on the tabs to learn more about your hard drive and test for possible problems.

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Above: Hover over the Information (i) and you'll see a detailed description of each item.

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Above: DiskCheckup's Disk Self Test feature, telling me my hard drive is not showing any errors.

If you want to keep a closer eye on the health of your hard drive, take a trip to PassMark's web site and download PassMark DiskCheckup™. It's free for personal use.

Tested on 8/30/2018 by TC.

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I'm a Lucky Guy

Life is full of surprises and twists and turns – and I come to the conclusion that life is not fair. So what? You just roll with the punches. Life is not easy and anyone young enough to believe that fallacy will find out quickly how wrong they are.

Most of us who’ve lived more than a few decades come to grips with the truth – the real “facts of life” – you just have to learn to take each day as it comes and just do your best. Some days will float away into the neverlands, others will gnaw and nag you for weeks, months or years, and others will be beautiful, if fleeting, memories… pieces of joy and happiness, love and understanding that filled moments of days now in the past, but always living inside the heart.

And sometimes, I guess, we’re all a little bit under appreciative of the good things we have in our lives. Although I’m pretty sure that most us still working would not count our jobs among the best things in our lives. But I’m here to tell you how thankful I am that I am able to do what I do and have such a wonderful and meaningful time doing it.

OK. So what is it I do that I think is so great? It’s nothing extraordinary...

Read the rest of this essay here.

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A cure for desktop clutter

We have seen a lot of desktops. And we know that many of you have dozens and dozens of icons on your desktop. All of us have been through that.  As soon as we start using Windows, we realize that the first thing staring us in the face when we startup our computers is the desktop. So it's hard to resist putting everything on the desktop that you use or think you're going to use often. The only problem with that is - eventually your desktop will be covered with icons and you'll find yourself searching through dozens and dozens of icons looking for something.   And we know that it's sacrilege to even try to get you to remove any of those icons. They're there for a reason, right?

Well, if you don't want to remove them, how about organizing them. Create folders on your desktop and drag your icons into the folders.  Let's use an example of photo editors and image viewer. Let's say you have an icons for PaintShop Pro, IrfanView, FastStone Capture, Aunt Tilly's Amazing Image Enhancer,  Starglaze Photo Bleater, and  RedEye NoMore.  They're all related to graphics in one way or another. So why not make a folder and call it Graphics programs and drag all those icons into that folder. Just with one folder you have cleared 7 icons from your desktop and yet they are still right there when you can find them.

And what about all those website shortcuts you have on your desktop? Make a folder called "Website shortcuts" and drag all of them into that folder.

You get idea, right.  So just think if you made 6 folders and moved 7 icons into each folder, you'd clear 42 icons from your desktop.  Yet you'd still have easy access to them, because, after all, they are still on your desktop... right?


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