Organize desktop icons with wallpapers


I've talked about how to organize icons using Fences. According to me that is the best free way to organize your icons. But I am tempted to write this post as well because my work laptop does not let me install any programs (yeah! I know the admin rights stuff). So I thought I would design a wallpaper with boundries which can help me organize/group icons. The idea is not new but I just wanted to write it down, so sorry if you've seen similar posts else-where on the web.

How to create the wallpaper:
I've created the wallpaper using MS Paint in Windows 7. I prefer the Paint in Windows 7 because it is so much better than the old MSPaint. And its the easiest to work with and available on all PC. Of course you can use any other software and even go professional with Adobe Photoshop. For me, I don't want to spend a lot of time creating a wallpaper I might want to change every few days or so, or change the layout often according to my needs.

How exactly to do it? It is completely driven by how many boxes you want, what color you want and what size you want. Let your imagination and needs guide you. You can see the wallpaper below to give you an idea. Or you can search the web for inspiration.

Additionally you can add titles on the boxes like - Personal, Urgent, Working, Archive etc to help you.

You can spend as much or as little time on this. The very basic wallpaper you are seeing below was created in less than 5 minutes. You can add photos of your recent vacation or your favorite movie poster.

Another important thing you need to note is that you need to uncheck the option for "Auto Arrange" in the context menu upon right click on your desktop. Also you may uncheck the option for "Align Icons".

Note - some Windows 7 PCs have the issue of re-arranging the icons on reboot. Unchecking the "Align Icons" helps a few.

And obviously you can use this idea on any OS or even your cellphone. I've created a few sample wallpapers. Of course feel free to use (the size may not fit all monitors, this is just a sample). And do write back if you like it or need more wallpapers. I will add more wallpapers in future.



Update [7/26/2011]: More wallpapers...





Update [2/23/2012]: More Wallpapers!!!

Screen Resolution: 1024x768

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Screen Resolution: 1024x768

Screen Resolution: 1280x1024




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