The Windows 10 desktop is more than just a glorified folder, it is a reflection of your personality. You can decorate it with wallpaper, cover it with your favorite shortcuts or even play games on it. Here are 10 tips and tricks that will make your office experience more useful and fun.
Turn your office into a meadow
If you want a fun desktop app to bring a touch of peace to your Windows 10 experience, try Office meadow by Sam Chiet. It grows flowers on your application’s windows and taskbar, while friendly birds flutter. You will even receive letters in a small office mailbox. It’s yours free download on itch.io, or you can name your own prize as a donation to the developer.
Temporarily hide or show all desktop icons
If you like a clean desktop with no icons, this is easy to temporarily hide all without removing them. Just right-click anywhere on your desktop and, from the context menu, go to View> Show Desktop Icons. Once disabled, your icons will be hidden, but you can just as easily recover them by toggling them again in the context menu.
Create an invisible folder on your desktop
It’s a silly thing, but you can create an invisible folder on your desktop hiding in plain sight. This involves changing the icon of a folder to a “blank” icon (completely transparent) and renaming it to a space character that is not displayed. It’s not technically private or secure, but it’s fun.
Quickly change the size of your desktop icons
If you want quickly adjust the size of your desktop icons, press Ctrl while scrolling the mouse wheel. If you scroll one way, the icons get bigger (probably bigger than you expected!), But scroll the other way, and they’ll be tiny. Once you have found the desired size, release Ctrl and the icons will remain that size.
Organize your office with Stardock fences
If you want to organize files, folders and shortcuts on your desktop, try Stardock fences. This utility allows you to organize the icons into groups that you define. You can even let Fences automatically sort your desktop files in stacks if you prefer.
Use Bing’s daily photos as wallpaper
Bing offers great photos every day, and Microsoft does easy to use automatically as wallpaper. Simply download and install the official software Bing Wallpaper appand you’re ready! You will have fresh, professional quality wallpaper every day of the week.
Use virtual offices
This is not strictly about the desktop file space, but you can also use virtual offices in Windows 10. These are alternative workspaces for your application windows, among which you can quickly switch.
For example, you can have a virtual desktop full of application windows organized for a particular task, and then switch to a completely clean window without losing your original window layout.
Unfortunately, you cannot configure multiple pages of desktop icons.
Fight a desk goose
Sam Chiet, the creator of Office meadow (see above), also created an informal tribute to the success of 2019, Untitled Goose Game, in the form of a small application called Office goose. he puts a little angry goose on your desk which will chase your cursor and try to drag it. It also rearranges your windows and even writes notes to you.
You can download it for free or send a tip to the developer.
Use Windows 10 default wallpapers
You can find the Windows default wallpapers in the C: Windows Web folder.
Synchronize a Windows and Mac desktop
Using symbolic links and a local network, you can sync files to your Mac and Windows desktops. Once you’ve set it up, if you put a file on one of the desktops, it will automatically appear on the other.
It takes a bit of work to configure it, but once you’ve done it, it works like magic!
Create a Show desktop icon on the Quick Launch
In Windows 10, you can quickly see your desktop at any time if you click the little line at the far right of the taskbar. If you’re a fan of old-fashioned Windows, you can create and drag a Show desktop icon in the Quick Launch area instead.
Then the next time you want to see your desktop, just click on the shortcut and that’s it!
The office adventure continues
In the era of Windows 8, it looked like the desktop could shut down in favor of touchscreen interfaces, like Metro. In the years to come, it’s hard to say how long the metaphor of the file park as a park will continue in Windows. For now, however, this remains a useful personal space that we can customize as we see fit.
As a wise man once said, no two desktops are the same, and that’s a good thing!