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Windows 7 Made Simple by Kevin Otnes

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Cleaning Up and Organizing Your Desktop

You have this nice desktop background and a cool color scheme. But the desktop looks cluttered. There’s a grid of little icons like tombstones in a cemetery. And they seem to be multiplying, even though you don’t remember putting them there. Those are your desktop icons. Figure 1–32 shows a desktop that has become overgrown with desktop icons.

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Figure 1–32. A desktop overrun with too many icons

Where did they come from, and why are they there? When you buy a new computer, the manufacturer often adds shortcuts to software that you can try or buy. Also, when you add new software or devices, the installation ...

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