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How to create a folder for unused desktop icons

Updated February 21, 2017

Icons for numerous software programs can be saved and viewed on the operating system's desktop. Having too many icons on the desktop can cause your computer to boot up much slower than normal. One way you can deal with an overabundance of icons is to place the icons into an "Unused Desktop Icons" folder. The Windows XP operating system aids you in creating this folder. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, however, you must create the folder manually.

Right-click over an empty space on the desktop. A menu appears.

Select the "Arrange Icons By" option. Another menu appears.

Choose "Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard." A window opens.

Click "Next" in the window. The unused desktop icons appear.

Click on the box for every unused desktop icon you want to add to the "Unused Desktop Shortcuts" folder.

Click "Next," then click "Finish." The Unused Desktop Shortcuts folder is created, and the unused icons are placed inside that folder.

Right-click over an empty space on the desktop. A menu appears.

Choose "New." Then, select "Folder." A new folder appears on the Vista/Windows 7 desktop. The name of the folder is highlighted.

Type "Unused Desktop Icons" or any other name you wish to use for the folder.

Click a desktop icon you want to add to the "Unused Desktop Icons" folder.

Drag the icon to the folder. Repeat the two previous steps for every icon you want to place inside the folder.

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