Last spring, my computer desktops (both home and work) were covered with icons. I had tried organizing by putting selected items in certain areas, but that never lasted very long. A Pretty Organized Desktop at iheart organizing inspired me to research other organized desktops.
After finding great ideas and suggestions at JenniferKeegin Dot Com and The Ney Life, I created the following desktop wallpapers; the first for my work computer and the second for my home computer.
Some organized desktop wallpapers that I found were made with Microsoft Paint and others with expensive photo software. However, knowing that I just needed a photo to personalize my display, I chose to work with something that I knew - Microsoft PowerPoint. Here are some of the wallpapers that I created using Microsoft's backgrounds on a PowerPoint slide. You can download these ready to use wallpapers and wallpapers that can be personalized by clicking here OR scroll down to see how to make your own.
|Choose a color for your background |
and add shapes with no fill.
|This was easily made by using shapes and text boxes.|
|These apple themed backgrounds were free, along |
with many other backgrounds, at
Microsoft.com - just add category labels.
|Use favorite photos.|
To create your own organized desktop using Microsoft PowerPoint
- add a background to a PowerPoint slide - make sure that you are using the landscape orientation.
- Note that if this is going on a large screen (not a laptop), in PowerPoint, go to the Design tab and go to Page Setup. Under Slides sized for choose Ledger Paper.
- choose category labels
- select the font, font size, and font color
- save the PowerPoint as a JPEG File Interchange Format
On your computer*
- go to Control Panel
- under Appearance and Personalization choose Change Desktop Background
- find your saved background picture
- select Stretch under Picture Position
- save your changes and start organizing your desktop!
* These instructions were written for those using a computer with Windows 7. On computers running other versions of Windows or on Apple computers, follow the instructions for personalizing your computer's wallpaper.
If you are using two monitors or a have added a second monitor to your laptop, the new desktop screen will show exactly the same on both monitors (Unless you have Windows 8).
I didn't want to see a second set of labels so covered the second set with the Sticky Notes found on Microsoft Windows 7. I love having my "To Do list," blog ideas, and other important things to remember on my desktop!
This system has kept my desktops organized for almost four months. However, I do have one important warning. Items on your desktop can be easily lost if your computer crashes. As with all files, make sure that you back-up frequently!