How many icons do you keep on your desktop?

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How many icons do you keep on your desktop? (excluding quicklaunch icons)

None, or only the default icons
10 icons or less
11 - 25 icons
26 - 50 icons
There are so many, I can't see my wallpaper / background color
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How many icons do you keep on your desktop?

Post by Slaugh » Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:14 am

I'm just curious. After looking at some screenshots of Windows and KDE desktops in other threads, I'm wondering how many icons an average SPCR user is keeping on his desktop. Personally, I like to keep my desktop as clean as possible. My start menu is well organized, and I'm using the quicklauch and some shortcut keys for common tasks... But that's my personal taste. Some users like to flood their desktops with icons...

So, how many icons do you normally keep on your desktop?
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Post by frostedflakes » Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:26 am

As few as possible, in other words, the Recycle Bin. I can access almost everything I need very easily via the Start Menu (commonly accessed programs, Internet and Email, My Computer, My Documents, etc.).
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Post by Cyco-Dude » Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:44 am

i like to click as few things as possible, thus the desktop icons. just the usual my computer, recycle bin, download / document folders, a couple aps (benchmarking stuff since i'm stress-testing my computer now) and my games. more frequently used things are in the quicklaunch. everything else is in the start menu.

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Post by NoizEnvader » Thu Oct 20, 2005 1:42 am

None, I hate desktop clutter. All icons are on my taskbar.

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Post by StarfishChris » Thu Oct 20, 2005 1:50 am

Most of my time isn't spent on the desktop, so it doesn't really concern me - it's just a quick dumping ground for files. I always use the quick launch to run common programs.
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Post by dragmor » Thu Oct 20, 2005 1:56 am

I voted none, my desktop has 50+ icons but they are all hidden, the start bar is folded down and I use keyboard shortcuts to launch my apps.

So basically my desktop is 3360x1050 of black (2x2005FPW).

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Post by iSix » Thu Oct 20, 2005 9:06 am

I just keep all my desktop icons/dumped files (136 of them) on a third monitor so they're out of the way but easy to get to if I'm doing work on the other 2 monitors :)

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Post by Tephras » Thu Oct 20, 2005 9:11 am

I got maybe four to five icons on my desktop, including the default ones, however, even though I prefer a clean desktop I dump many files there, so it's scattered with 40-50 documents. That's a reflection on how it looks in my apartment, tons of papers, books, magazines and stuff lying all over the place. I wish I had time to do something about the mess, I hate it.

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Post by please » Thu Oct 20, 2005 9:15 am

Right this second I have 25, but I have 15 permanent icons and 10 that are files/pictures/shortcuts that are being used in a temporary manner and won't be there in a week.
The 15 include files and programs I use often. I rarely see my desktop once I get going but it is where I start from. Several programs also appear on my quickstart menu. I also employ dual monitors...I'd like more :wink:

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Post by Sizzle » Thu Oct 20, 2005 9:22 am

Work around 20+ I have RDC's for all my servers on my desktop, and the recycle bin. I keep my apps I use in the Quick Launch.

Home hardly any, default maybe. I use the Quick Launch extensively at home as well.

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Post by IsaacKuo » Thu Oct 20, 2005 10:17 am

On my HTPC, I have exactly one desktop icon - a transparent DVD icon.

On my main workstation, I have exactly one desktop icon - a USB device icon.

On my spare workstation, I have no desktop icons.
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Post by slipknottin » Thu Oct 20, 2005 12:02 pm

I got rid of all the icons, including the trash bin.

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Post by wainwra » Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:24 pm

:oops: hm. I have a bit to learn, it seems.

I long since "filled up" the desktop (at 1600x1200 it took a while) and have had to resort to turning the icons off.

Every so often I clear things out, but I can never get rid of it all. And I keep adding clutter.
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Post by mathias » Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:28 pm

LOTS. 21 in linux, and 45 in windows. But it's not completely disorganized, I have system stuff in the top left corner, games below that, folhers to the right of that, and internet related icons to the right of system ones(only in windows). It's alligned to grid with a line of space between categories, I actually find disorganized desktops quite annoying, and I find it even more annoying when windows feels the need to "arrange" my icons.

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Post by Reachable » Thu Oct 20, 2005 4:50 pm

I'd be embarrassed to tell you how many I have. I guess I like looking at them.

Many, many years ago I had a desk drawer filled with little toys. I guess these are my new little toys.

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Post by Sparkytfl » Thu Oct 20, 2005 6:04 pm

usually like 10-15. The default ones, plus browser, IM, adaware, and whatever games or programs I run on a semi regular basis.

Also random files that get dumped there and build up for a day or two before I sort them into their proper folders.

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Post by theyangster » Thu Oct 20, 2005 7:11 pm

8 - not including aquadock :D
there's 18 in the aqua dock, but only take up a fraction of the bottom
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Post by MikeK » Thu Oct 20, 2005 7:53 pm

Usually it's lucky 13, a single column on the left side of my 1280x1024 19" LCD heheh, but right now I have some more. I often keep things I am actively working on or have just saved on the desktop, then move them to the right spot later. I only have my browser, "show desktop", and winamp in the quicklaunch. I try to keep stuff off the desktop and out of the tray as much as I can.

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Post by Ryan » Thu Oct 20, 2005 7:56 pm

none. None on my taskbar either. I don't use a computer. :lol: :lol:

usually about 5 (my doc, my pc, recycle, benchmarking programs, ms word)

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