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    Cluttered vs non cluttered desktops

    Could anyone share their opinions on if they think a cluttered desktop is best (i.e. all the program icons on the desktop) is best or if a non cluttered desktop is best (i.e. essentials like My Docs etc on desktop, programs all located within start menu) is best?

    I was hoping to trial a 'uncluttered' desktop in at least one IT suite for the next academic year as it just seems unlogical and since some of our kit that wanted upgrading this year isn't getting upgraded I thought by removing most of the desktop icons it might lead to (slightly!) improved performance on login

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    Personally I prefer uncluttered desktops. I don't mind navigating through the start menu to find what I need, as long as that is structured logically and everything is organised.

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    I only have 4 icons on my desktop.

    1. My Computer
    2. FireFox
    3. VNC
    4. Remote Desktop Connection

    on my Mac i have one icon.

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    No clutter at all. Programs loaded through a toolbar on the taskbar and through the Start Menu for My Recent Documents etc

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    No clutter.

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    I personally hate cluttered desktops but I think it is very much a personal preference which makes it very difficult if you're using mandatory profiles.

    With a bit of user training, Vista (and Windows 7) makes things a bit easier; you press the Windows key and start typing part of the name of the program you want. It then doesn't matter how logical or organised your desktop is; users can quickly find what they want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by googlemad View Post
    Could anyone share their opinions on if they think a cluttered desktop is best (i.e. all the program icons on the desktop) is best or if a non cluttered desktop is best (i.e. essentials like My Docs etc on desktop, programs all located within start menu) is best?
    Uncluttered. Everything, including the wastebasket, should be out of the way on the toolbars. The desktop background should be a plain, solid colour. Current files you are working on should be on the desktop, arranged right-to-left in columns of related files.

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    Uncluttered

    With a well-organised Start-Menu is far preferable (and easier to maintain IMO)

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    From a school point of view, we are going for the non-cluttered way forward, students/staff will have to navigate through the start menu to get to the local apps, everything else i.e. email, vle will be accessed via the Learning Platform.

    From my personal point of veiw, i have a faily clutter free desktop.. i access all apps from the start menu, well up until i started using windows 7 and i now tend to have everything pinned to the task bar! the desktop now tends to be a dumping ground for download apps/docs etc and they stay there until i get chance to sort through it

    James.

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    Personally i don’t think you should try to push staff on how they have their desktops etc. I think the computer should be personal. Staff should have the ability to set the desktops how they wish and what works best for them. At the end of the day we are all different, a layout that works for me might not work for another person.

    I do how ever think the only thing they should have on the desktop are shortcuts and in a school environment i don’t think staff should be allowed to use photos as desktops. We use the school logo on ours.

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    Uncluttered.

    I have been led to believe that a cluttered desktop results in reduced performance (as mentioned the OP) though I don't know whether I was told that by someone tweaking my tail just to get me to tidy my desktop. Whether it was or not, it worked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ignatius View Post
    Uncluttered.

    I have been led to believe that a cluttered desktop results in reduced performance (as mentioned the OP) though I don't know whether I was told that by someone tweaking my tail just to get me to tidy my desktop. Whether it was or not, it worked!
    Depends on the speed of machines. 80% of our machines are 3ghz dual core with 3 - 4gb ram. The others are 3.2ghz P4 with 3GB Ram. We dont really notice anything to be honest. The initial loading takes slightly longer

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    Uncluttered!

    Vista / Win 7 searchbar on the start menu lets you quickly start any app, plus there is always launchy (windows)/ gnome do (linux) / quicksilver (mac)

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    Uncluttered. Only the most essential, 'use me' applications deserve a spot on the desktop; everything else should be relegated to the start menu where it belongs.

    We have a handful of important things - quick access to our VLE, Office and Webmail mostly, or specialist applications on 'task' machines. At home, my desktop is totally empty.

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    Messy I have mine in groups of things so a load of folders, shortcuts, web links, bat files etc I don't practice what I preach though as its a nothing on your desktop please place and theres me with 2 TFTs full of icons

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