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May 9, 2009

A Windows 7 tip for (untidy) presenters

Filed under: Beta Products,Windows 7 — jamesone111 @ 10:49 pm

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Do you have lots of icons on your windows desktop ? I do. And sometimes when I’m giving a presentation I think not only do they look untidy, there might be something given away by the icon and file name. The fix for that is to create a folder named “my stuff” or “everything else” and drag everything into it. Bringing the files back means rearranging them so I know where they are and there’s a few minutes wasted.

As of RC windows 7 has two options on the desktop’s “Context” menu (the right click menu as most people call it) under View

“Show desktop icons” and “show desktop gadgets”,

So if you have “Dastardly plans.docx” and a “Dastardly plans progress” gadget you can hide them in a couple of clicks and bring them back exactly as they were .

Obviously I don’t have anything like that in my screen shot :  I do like like the gadget which now comes with media center, but I don’t want to start presentations with a distraction on Dr Who.  I think media center needs a good“what’s on TV right-now gadget” the only ones I saw on Vista were flakey

Update: Someone in the audience for a presentation told me that this was not new in Windows 7. I told him it most certainly was. Then I fired up XP in a Virtual Machine and found the option is there – though the menu isn’t as easy to use, and checked on Vista and it is there too. It’s not unusual for me to forget when a feature was introduced, but I’d missed this one altogether. At least I did it in time to say to the audience I had got my facts wrong.


This post originally appeared on my technet blog.

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