This video shows how to organize files that are stored on the desktop. It identifies the Desktop folder and talks about its relationship to the contents of the computer's desktop. Learn to sort and organize files on the desktop.
- [Instructor] After using a computer for a while, some people have lots of files sitting on the desktop. So, I wanna look at some options for getting that cleaned up, but first, how do files get on the desktop? Well, in some ways the desktop is an extension of File Explorer. I can go into File Explorer and look at the shortcuts I have under Quick Access. There is a shortcut for the Desktop folder, which is one of those folders that comes automatically in your Home folder, and here's the important part. The contents of this Desktop folder are exactly the same as the contents of the desktop itself.
The one exception is that you have the Recycle Bin sitting out on the desktop, and that does not show up in the Desktop folder. So, if I go to some other folder and grab some files, and drag some files out to the desktop, that will move them to the desktop, so now I've got this one file sitting here. In fact, let's grab a bunch of them. Let's grab all of the files from this folder and drag them out to the desktop. So now I've got those on the desktop, but if I go to the Desktop folder on my hard drive, it's the same stuff.
All right, let me go back to my Documents folder, and I'm gonna grab these two folders, and I'm gonna move those to the desktop, but this time I'll do it by dragging them to the shortcut for the Desktop folder here on the Sidebar, and you'll see those show up here on the desktop itself. So, I can treat the desktop and the Desktop folder the same, but now that I've got a bunch of files and folders sitting on the desktop, I want to get them a little more organized. Now of course, you can just grab these files and folders and manually move them around if you want to get them organized, but that can be a little tedious.
You can also select multiple files at once, you can click and hold your mouse button down and drag to draw a box around multiple files, then you can drag those around together. So, you can do that manually, but what I really want to see are some automatic options. So, I'm going to right-click just anywhere on the blank space of the desktop, and I want to look at View options and Sort By options. Let's start with the View options. I want to turn on this option to Auto arrange icons, and you'll see everything snaps together, and they're all laid out on a grid so they're perfectly spaced.
Now, if I try to grab and move one of these, you'll see it won't let me. They'll just snap back to where they were. Now I can change the order of them. You see I can move them up and down, and change the order of the items on this grid, but they're always gonna stay locked to that grid. All right, let me go back to that. So, I'll right-click on the desktop again, go back to View, and I'm gonna turn off this Auto arrange icons. You may also want to go back into View and play around with some of these other settings where you can change the size of the icons and stuff like that, but let me just go back, I'll reset this back to Medium Icons, and one more time, this time I wanna go to the Sort By menu, and we can automatically sort all of these files and folders by certain criteria.
I like to sort my files and folders by item type. So now, all of the folders are together. All of the Excel spreadsheets are together. All of the documents are together, and so on. Now I can still grab these and move them around manually if I want to change that, but I can always go back, back to that Sort menu, and sort them again by item type. Or, I'll right-click again, go back to Sort By, and I can choose a different criteria. Maybe I want them sorted alphabetically by the name, and I can do that. So now we're starting to get organized.
What used to be a big mess of files on my desktop is now much easier to browse, but still, after a few weeks of this, your entire desktop screen might be filled with files. So, remember to use the other folders in your user folder for more permanent file storage, but if you do have files your desktop, at least you can get them cleaned up and organized.
- Interacting with windows and menus
- Multitasking to switch between multiple applications
- Using Cortana, the digital assistant
- Working with email, contacts, and calendars
- Switching to tablet mode
- Managing files and folders with the File Explorer
- Using and installing apps
- Managing display and account settings
- Sharing data between devices
- Backing up Windows 10
- Protecting your computer from viruses
- Troubleshooting Windows 10
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 10/24/2018. What changed?
A: The following topics were updated: signing in, shutting down, sleeping, and restarting your computer; using shortcuts to files and folders; and linking a phone to Windows.