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#1 dannyboy950

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Posted 22 February 2016 - 05:19 PM

Windows Vista and XP used to have a built-in utility to remove unused seldom used ICons from the desk top.

 

Did they remove it for WIN 10 ?  I can not seem to find it on here.


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 07:21 PM

Control Panel...System and Security...Security and Maintenance...Troubleshooting...System and Security...System Maintenance

A bit confusing, but it runs the cleanup.


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Posted 22 February 2016 - 08:44 PM

Thank you, I was looking in the wrong place apparently. lol


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Posted 23 February 2016 - 02:13 AM

Sorry I tried that 3 times. It will clean up the disk and repair files but will not clean up desk top icons.

The trouble shooter when it finds no errors it just quits working.  I tried all the different settings and options. At least on here it won't.

Pretty much the same options as disk clean up and management.

 

Thanks any way.


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Posted 23 February 2016 - 04:07 AM

Just type in the Cortana box Disc cleanup and it will appear,click on it,job done



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Posted 23 February 2016 - 10:41 AM

Thank you. I am aware of disk cleanup. where it is, how to get to it and even how to use it some.

Desktop cleanup is a different animal. A GUI Graphical User Interface.  As I understand it an overlay running on top of the actual OS.  Working in conjunction with the OS but not really part of it.  I maybe wrong on this though.


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Posted 23 February 2016 - 11:10 AM

Are you referring to the wizard described here:

If so, there is no such thing in Windows 10.  However, what it does is very simple and not hard to emulate.  Just create a folder on your desktop and name it Unused Desktop Shortcuts (or whatever you fancy).  Next, select the icons you don't want on the desktop and drag them over the folder and release.  To restore icons, open the folder (make sure the Explorer window isn't maximised) and drag and drop the required icons to the desktop.  You can select multiple icons with either the Shift or Control key.



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Posted 23 February 2016 - 12:06 PM

Are you referring to the wizard described here:

If so, there is no such thing in Windows 10.  However, what it does is very simple and not hard to emulate.  Just create a folder on your desktop and name it Unused Desktop Shortcuts (or whatever you fancy).  Next, select the icons you don't want on the desktop and drag them over the folder and release.  To restore icons, open the folder (make sure the Explorer window isn't maximised) and drag and drop the required icons to the desktop.  You can select multiple icons with either the Shift or Control key.

Yes that is the puppy.  I am aware of the drag and drop technique.  However my touchpad does not do that very well. Sometimes it works ok and others part way to the folder it seems to drop the file/shortcut.


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Posted 23 February 2016 - 05:29 PM

As you probably don't need to do this often, borrow a USB mouse for a short while and drag the icons to the folder suggested above.

Then return the mouse and all will be well :0)


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 09:40 AM

Thank you usama.  Just for reference a USB Logitech M205 mouse will not work with win 10 on my pc. Or will not work correctly.

It has problems with the scroll wheel and the right button.

The drivers do not seem to be updateable for this model. Not that I have found so far.


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Posted 25 February 2016 - 10:03 AM

Get another mouse.






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