Is there a way in Windows 7 to set up folders so they have a “desktop” view rather than lists or icons in a Windows Explorer format?

David D January 15, 2014
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My wife likes to keep way too many files, folders and shortcuts on the desktop. I’d like to be able to give her a work desktop, and a personal desktop. I thought maybe having separate folders for her, each with a desktop of its own, would clean things up. How can I implement this?

  1. Dalsan M
    January 16, 2014 at 4:39 am

    I would recommend using Stardock Fences: http://www.stardock.com/products/fences/. It allows you to create "fence" sections to separate and organize the icons, folders, etc. on the desktop, and you can choose to hide the icons whenever you want, and even choose which ones you wish to display at all times. You can choose however many or little icons to put in each fence since a scroll bar would appear if not all icons can be visible. You are able to label each fence, place each fence wherever and however you like to make things easier.

    I have been a long time user of their older free version of Fences, but the newer one offers mute features and compatibility, and I think is well worth the money. I like having a clean and uncluttered desktop, but also the means to have quick access to the shortcuts off programs and folders I constantly access (and no, the quick access bar is far too little and clutters up quickly, too). A quick double-click, and the icons disappear. Another quick double-click, and the icons reappear, nicely organised.

    This software may or may not meet your needs, but it is worth a try. At least the desktop would be cleaned up.

  2. Jan F
    January 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    If she does have a certain schedule when she is using the computer for work and for private things a separate user profile would be the clean way. This way she also wouldn't get tempted into dealing with work on private time as she would have to logon as/switch to the other user.

    If she does tend to switch every now and then or want this option setting up virtual desktops is probably the better method. There are various tools for virtual desktops out there but to give you examples:
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/cc817881.aspx
    http://www.dexpot.de/
    http://virtuawin.sourceforge.net/

  3. Hovsep A
    January 15, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    why dont you make another user profile so when the windows boot and get to logon page you get two user profile so your wife can login to her profile and have a clean desktop to do what she wants to do.