Here's a suggestion for relieving some of the clutter on your Desktop. It is much like those previously mentioned, with a little added bonus.
First off, create a new folder, in a location of your choice. Now the key is to name this folder with a single letter or symbol. I named mine "$", without the quotations. This takes up less room on the task bar, and is less of an eyesore than using a full name, you'll see what I mean.
Not sure how to make new folders? Right-click an empty part of the screen-->"New"-->"Folder"-->Then name it. Or in Windows Explorer, click "File"-->"New"-->"Folder"-->Then name it.
Inside this new folder, create a few Sub-Folders and name them according to the contents that you will be putting in them. Example: "Games", "Security", "HTML", and so on....(no quotes) Try and keep the names short, helps with loading, eg...instead of "Security", name it "Spy" or something of that nature.
If you use many Apps. that are of a similar category, this is a great way to organize them in one place for updating or merely for storage to a program that is easily forgotten due to infrequent use.(I suffer from this problem)
Now, it's time to create a toolbar out of your new folder. Right-Click on the Task Bar-->"Toolbars"-->"New Toolbar"-->In the Pop-Up, Navigate to your newly created Folder( "$" ), click it, and click "OK". Now you will notice a "Quick Launch" lookalike on the Right side of the Task Bar. Now you see why the short name is used.
To make the best of having a Folder like this, you may want to create some "Send To" Shortcuts, A hidden Gem of Windows that are accessible via Right-Click.
Click "Start"-->"Run"-->type"sendto"click OK(Win. Explorer opens)-->"Right-Click" an empty space-->click"Shortcut"(Wizard pops-up)-->Browse to destination folder-->click "OK".Example:( C:Documents and SettingsOwnerMy Documents$ ).
To use, "right-Click" the object-->"Send To"-->Your New Folder--> it copies the target to your specified folder. Just trash the desktop icon if your done with it, thus creating less shortcuts,and helping with boot-up.
I also recommend making a "Send To"--"Send To" shortcut in the same fashion as above. This way you can customize any send to command of a program just by "Right-Clicking-->"Send To"-->"Send To".
I use this method because I like to save my "Quick Launch" for Web Browsers and Media Players only. Three shortcuts are visible for quick access on the left, and on the right in "$" is the multitude of shortcuts to every other Program on my PC.
Hope This Helps,