Windows Thread, Cluttered vs non cluttered desktops in Technical; I go for uncluttered when the computer is fist set up but staff can change what they have on their ...
7th July 2009, 03:52 AM #16
I go for uncluttered when the computer is fist set up but staff can change what they have on their desktop. I personally have 5 Icons: My Computer, Firefox, Putty, Remote Desktop, a short cut to an excel spreadsheet I use all the time and the Recycle bin.
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7th July 2009, 09:56 AM #17
Another argument in favour of the uncluttered dektop...
It makes it quicker to spot those 500 squillion Gbyte files that the teachers have saved to their desktop once they start moaning about slow login times
7th July 2009, 09:59 AM #18
I would love to be that organised. I have an awful habit of saving to the desktop so I know where everything is. Every now and again I have a sort out and move things around.
Originally Posted by FN-GM
Even on my Mac I save to the desktop. It annoyes me. I do find it quicker to access stuff rather than go hunting in MyDocuments or Documents.
7th July 2009, 10:23 AM #19
Well i do have a bad habbit of saving loose files in the documents folder. Its like my bedroom looks tidy from the outside until you see all the crap under the bed.
Originally Posted by garethedmondson
7th July 2009, 10:29 AM #20
Staff/student desktops contain the standard MyDocs link, and that is it. The All Programs shortcuts are sorted very logically, and fairly quickly the Recently Used list on the Start Menu is sufficient for most if not all users.
Our old network (C2.4) had icons and sub-folders of icons all over the desktop and it was impossible to find anything amidst all the other icons. I have been asked to put "key shortcuts" on the desktop, but don't want to open those particular flood gates.
My own desktop has a few shortcuts to key network locations and files which I'm opening several times a day, but is otherwise clutter-free. Everything else is in the Recently Used or accessible via Vista's search. Home PC's desktop is totally clear.
I toy the idea of giving staff access to the Quick Launch, but never really get round to looking at how to make that work.
7th July 2009, 10:33 AM #21
Uncluttered. Our users (both staff and students) have nothing on the desktops - everything arranged and categorised on the Start menu.
7th July 2009, 10:36 AM #22
School desktops have a solid colour (one for students, another for teachers), and (from memory) Recycle Bin, IE, My Computer and My Docs with a cut-down start menu grouping programs into Literacy, Numeracy etc.
School laptops have a "normal" Start Menu and when I give them out have just the Recycle Bin on the desktop + the "school" colour. Teachers and kids can do what they like thereafter (and do).
My own school laptop (XP) has a desktop with my cat reclining for wallpaper and no icons, but I rarely see her as I tend to have all windows maximised and use the pinned Start Menu items/Launchy to open programs.
My home desktop (Vista) follows the same plan as my laptop with a different wallpaper and a launcher in the sidebar for my "frequently used" programs/the Start Menu to launch programs. The sidebar has a clock, a memory and CPU usage gauge, the launcher, weather, scrolling RSS feeds and a lock/restart/off button panel.
7th July 2009, 10:38 AM #23
7th July 2009, 10:57 AM #24
Uncluttered - I only have the Recycle Bin on mine, everything gets pinned to the start menu and the taskbar in Win7.
Pupils & Staff get nothing on theirs - All icons hidden and no permissions to save anything to the desktop..
Backgrounds set with BGInfo to display their Display Name from AD, workstation ID and the school logo..
I always think its better to have a standard desktop throughout the school
Will be looking at creating a Win7 Logon Background for the school as well.
For an example of cluttered - see either DB or ZH's [laptop] desktop (forget which one it was now from the conference!) - virtually every pixel had some file/shortcut/folder, etc on it!!
7th July 2009, 11:06 AM #25
for the kids, redirected, read only and cluttered with stuff they need to go straight to for their curriculum.
Staff, please themselves with the advice that the more they put on, the slower their logon will be!
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7th July 2009, 09:33 PM #26
Thanks for the opinions, will propose it to the 'gods' to trial in a suite .
The initial thought was we currently stick every main Office icon on the desktop but since double clicking saved documents opens Word up anyway etc!
8th July 2009, 02:29 AM #27
8th July 2009, 01:58 PM #28
No. Wait. I mean uncluttered. I've always implemented a logical start menu that's differentiated for different groups but follows the same structure for everyone. Staff can then 'customise' their own desktop. If redirect the start menu but make sure it's on a different share to the desktop e.g \\server\sharedstart and desktops on \\server\userprofiles then when you drag icons to the desktop they copy by default. If they were on the same share then they move by default, and they only have write access to the start menu so that fails.
8th July 2009, 02:08 PM #29
The staff like icons on the desktops so that the children can access the programs quickly, which makes for a cluttered desk top
8th July 2009, 02:15 PM #30
Which is fine until there are so many icons on the desktop that it takes them longer to find than using the Start Menu.
Originally Posted by witch
We do find that some Littlies initially have issues with the Start Menu, however, as they don't have the fine motor control in their hands to move the mouse across to a sub-folder without also moving it up or down too, thus moving to a different sub-folder. They learn soon enough, though.
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