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Objectives:

  1. Organize shortcuts to be able to have quick and easy access to your favorite programs and folder locations on your computer
  2. Organize all data and folders to know exactly where all your stuff is located so you can save time and eliminate frustration
  3. Know exactly where to place and save new files and other data whenever you download anything from the Internet or create new files yourself
  4. Completely de-clutter your desktop for a nice clean look

Final Result:

Shortcuts:
big-shortcuts

Expanding Tree Menu:
expanding-menu

Clean Desktop:
clean-desktop

Part 1: Creating Shortcut Toolbar

  1. Create a folder named “Apps” in the Documents.
  2. Create program shortcuts that you use most frequently and put them in the “Apps” folder. The quickest way to achieve this is to simply use Windows Search and then drag and drop the program shortcut from the search results to the folder.
  3. step1

  4. You may also create location shortcuts which are shortcuts to most frequently used folders on your computer such as “My Documents”, “Desktop”, “Downloads” or “My Computer”.
  5. Make sure the Taskbar is “unlocked”.
  6. unlock-toolbar

  7. Expand the Taskbar vertically so that “open apps” show up on top of shortcuts (put the mouse pointer on the top edge of the taskbar so that the mouse pointer changes to vertical resize icon, hold left mouse click and drag up just a bit so it expands).
  8. drag-taskbar-up

    This is how your taskbar should look after you expand it:
    taskbar-double

  9. Right click on the Taskbar then go to Toolbars -> New toolbar… -> Navigate and select “Apps” folder from Documents with program shortcuts that we have created earlier.
  10. Position the mouse pointer on the horizontal separator of the toolbar as shown below until the resize icon shows up. Click and drag the toolbar to the left.
  11. toolbar-left

  12. As you are dragging it to the left, also draw the mouse pointer all the way down to the bottom of the screen so that the toolbar goes from taking your whole taskbar to just the bottom area of the taskbar.
  13. toolbar-down

  14. This is how your taskbar should look like after moving the toolbar to the bottom (as you can see the open programs are now showing up on top of your shortcuts:
  15. taskbar-after-moving-toolbar

  16. Now, click anywhere on the Toolbar (but make sure you don’t click on the actual shortcut), then uncheck “show text” and “show title”
  17. unchecking-toolbar

  18. Finally, right click on your Toolbar again, go to View -> Large Icons. Your custom toolbar is now complete. The open programs will show up on top of the Toolbar, making your tasks and shortcuts neatly organized:
  19. big-shortcuts

  20. You may also choose to move your shortcuts around, you can easily do this by dragging and dropping shortcuts in between other shortcuts to move them in a new position.
  21. moving-shortcuts

  22. You can also drag shortcuts from your Desktop and anywhere else, including Windows Search.
  23. If you have other icons showing up on your Desktop such as “My Computer” or “Documents” and you wish to get rid of them, just do the following: Click on the “Windows” icon or press “Windows” key on your keyboard, then type “icons” in the search box and then choose “Show or hide common icons on the desktop” in the search results that show up.
  24. icons

  25. In the window that pops up, simply uncheck any of the icons that you don’t want on your Desktop and click “OK” when done. And that’s it! You have now created your own custom toolbar and have completely de-cluttered the Desktop.

Part 2: Creating Expanding Tree Menu

  1. Create “Favorites” folder in the Documents
  2. Create the folder and name it “_”, change the icon of that folder
  3. Mention my personal collection of “icons” for organizational purposes – provide the link in the description of the video
  4. Create main categories and number them
  5. Create the folder with “default subfolders”
  6. Create main subfolders and change their icons
  7. Make sure the taskbar is “unlocked”
  8. Taskbar -> Toolbars -> New Toolbar
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