Tutorial Thursday

Okay, this has to be one of the smallest (11KB) and coolest programs I have every seen. In just a few steps I am going to show you how to use Deskview to change your desktop layout from the “icon view” to a “list view.” I never knew how much room I really had on my desktop until I used this program!

 Here is what you need to do:

  1. Download Deskview.
  2. Extract the ZIP file that you just downloaded:
  3. I made a copy of the deskview.exe and pasted it into my Startup folder. That way Deskview will start with Windows.
  4. If you just want to try it out go ahead and double-click on the deskview.exe file. Voila! Your icons are now nice and organized.
  5. To switch back to the normal icon view go ahead and run deskview.exe again.

Okay, a few other things you should probably know about this. Deskview is NOT a constantly running program…go check your running processes if you don’t believe me. When you execute the program it simply changes the layout and terminates itself. For that reason it has no way of remembering the layout of the icons that are located on your desktop. Once you restart your computer it may not organize them the same way they were before you shutdown your computer.

That doesn’t really matter for me because I hardly have any icons on my desktop to begin with. I try to keep it clean but I like being able to fit 4 icons into the space that one normally takes up. Best of all is that I never have to worry about Deskview hogging the memory since it runs and then quits!