Rearrange Icons on Your Computer Screen

by TechnoGrannyAnni

in You and Your Computer

What is an Icon?

Icons are those very small symbols that appear on your computer screen, and when you click on them they open up a specific program.  The ones you will see most often are: “My Documents,” “My Computer,” and “Recycle Bin”. 

They are also known as shortcuts and, in time, you’ll probably accumulate quite a few on your desktop (computer screen).  Some of mine are: Adobe Reader, Google Earth, Internet Explorer, FlipShare … and I have lots more.

This seems like a very simple tip but, when you save a photo as your desktop background, sometimes you can’t see the icons clearly – they get lost in the leaves of a tree, or they cover up someone’s face. 

You will need to manipulate them so that you can clearly see both the icons and the photo.

The best area to place them is up in the sky or down on the grass – if that’s what is in the picture you have on your screen.  If not, choose a relatively clear area of the photo and group them there.

How to move the icons  Step 1.
Simply left click on an icon with your mouse (don’t let go) and move the icon where you want it.

Step 2.
Let go your mouse and the icon will position itself where you have placed it.

Step 3. (Optional)
If you right click anywhere on your screen with your mouse you will be given a number of choices.  The top one says “Arrange Icons By” and you will see a small arrowhead over to the side.  When you hover your mouse over those words another set of choices appears

Step 4.
Gently move your mouse over the choices (without moving it outside the frame or it will disappear) and when you come to the one you want, left click on it.

Experiment with all the different ways your computer automatically arranges the icons and have fun with it! 

Granny’s caution: Remember, notwithstanding the optional Steps 3 and 4  above, you will need to manually arrange your icons around the features within your photo background.  That way, you will make them stand out so that you can find them and they’ll look the best on your desktop .

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