If you fell behind on your spring clean this year, it’s okay — so did I. I haven’t put away my wintertime coats, I haven’t unpacked all of my moving boxes, and I haven’t cleaned my computer’s desktop lately.
You know what I’m talking about — all those forgotten documents and miscellaneous screenshots that have been slowly taking over our screens for weeks — and sometimes, even months.
To help you keep your desktop tidy, we’ve come up with a few helpful tips-off. From creating a folder system, to trying out a new desktop design, these suggestions are designed to help you unbury yourself and bide productive in the process.
7 Computer Desktop Organizing Tips
1) Create a folder system.
Be honest: How many files do you have on your desktop right now? 10? 20? 100? Have you lost counting? If your desktop appears anything like the image below, you may want to start by moving everything into one folder to clear the air.
To create a new folder on a Mac, right-click on your desktop and select New Folder from the menu. The folder will appear on your desktop instantaneously. To change the folder’s name, double-click on “untitled folder, ” and you’ll be able to edit a text box with a new name.
To generate new folders in Windows, right-click on your desktop and select New> Folder from the menu. To rename the folder, click on it, enter a new name , and then press Enter.
Once you have your folders made, you can begin to divvy up your files. How you choose to organize your folder system will be dependent on your specific role. For example, I often write blog posts that contain a lot of visual examples. To simplify the process and keep a record of what I’ve included in the past, I’ve created two folders: Current Instances and Example Archive.
When I’m rounding up instances for a new post from the web, I drop them in the Current Examples folder. This way, I can easily situate them when I go to write the post. Once the post is prepped and scheduled, I move the images to the Example Archive folder to make room for my next post.
2) Selected a naming convention for your files.
One of my greatest worries when I enforced a folder system was that it would be too difficult to find my files once I get organized — ironic, right?
But between documents, screenshots, and other files for the multiple blog posts I work on each week, there are a lot of different items I’m dropping into folders that can get lost in the shuffle. That’s why I started use a naming convention to organize my files, so I could speedily find them once they were organized into folders.
Choose a naming convention for types of files, topics, projects, or any other way that stimulates it easy for you to search for them. For example, when I’m making files for HubSpot Marketing Blog posts, I use this naming convention 😛 TAGEND MKTG-Draft-OrganizeDesktop MKTG-Screenshot-OrganizeDesktop MKTG-GIF-OrganizeDesktop Capture an image by clicking the extension and selecting an option from the menu. Crop and annotate your screenshot as you see fit, and then made Done. Select your desired option for saving from the menu on the right. If you’d like to save the image to a project’s folder on Awesome Screenshot, select Save on Awesome Screenshot at the top. Insert a name for your file and identify which project you’d like to save it to by selecting an option from the menu. To save it, make Upload. To access your file at any time, visit the appropriate project folder in your account dashboard. When you add screenshots to a project folder, you can then collaborate with other members of your team by sharing the folder, adding point-specific comments, further annotations, etc. Click on “Use custom dimensions” in the top right-hand corner and add your dimensions. Some of the most common desktop wallpaper resolvings are: 1024 x 768, 1280 x 1024, and 1920 x 1080. To add a background image, click on Parts> Photos. You can also opt a plain color or pattern background by selecting Background. Select a photo and adjust the size utilizing the resizing points around it. To add text, click on Text and prefer a heading or template from the options listed. Adjust the template text by adding your quote of selection.( I select a quote from Barbara Hemphill on jumble .) To save your creation, click on the Download button in the top right-hand corner and select Image: high quality( PNG ).