questionshow many icons do you keep on your desktop?

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Too many. It's a never ending battle.

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10. I have some of those stupid default ones, the personalization icon, so I can change my wallpaper (a habit of mine that I do 10,000 times a day), Firefox, Sticky Notes, and iTunes.

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About 10.

Used to work with a woman that kept nothing in folders, everything was on the desktop. TONS of icons. And she was the only one that knew what each one was.

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10. I share a household computer, so 5 are shortcuts the kid uses, 4 folders, and the trash can. If the kid had his way, it would be a sea of game shortcuts and lol catz.

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31. But I'm trying to reach 42.

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0. A clean desktop is a happy desktop.

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0. GNOME 3 doesn't allow me to have a desktop. :-(
When my data was imported from Fedora 13, everything on my desktop went into a folder titled "Desktop" in my Home directory, which is a pain. With time I've adjusted to the new setup, but I miss having a desktop where I can slap temporary files or work in progress.

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Zero. All of the icons are on the toolbar. I hate having stuff on top of my nice wallpaper, so I even got rid of the trashcan. Happiness is a clean virtual desk.

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Added: I also have my Win7 taskbar set to "autohide" so when I'm away from the computer, there's nothing on the screen but the wallpaper. It usually keeps anyone else off the computer, since they assume the wallpaper must be a screensaver - but when they move the mouse to bring up the desktop, nothing happens! (You have to know where to move the mouse to make the taskbar pop up.)

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@adadavis: Interesting, I was not aware of that feature. I will have to look at it, as I take my personal laptop to work to both do work on and goof off on during slow periods. I doubt my coworkers would mess with it, touching anyone's personal property is a big no-no at my workplace. But it would be nice to know they couldn't even if they tried.

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@adadavis: Does Windows still leave a small grey bar at the bottom of the screen when you autohide the taskbar? I keep my dock and menubar hidden, and it'd drive me nuts to have a strip of white at the top of the screen.

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@rprebel: There is a tiny white line at the bottom of my screen (where the task bar pops up) that is just wide enough to hover the mouse over to get the taskbar. It generally goes unnoticed and just looks like it is the bottom edge of the photo(s) I use as wallpaper. YMMV depending on the screen resolution you use.

To autohide: right click on taskbar/Properties/check box

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@adadavis: My mileage will vary quite a bit, since I've never owned a Windows machine lol.

To autohide the dock: right click on dock/Turn Hiding On
To autohide the menubar: Get MagicMenu and run it. That does no good to you (being a windows user), but someone else may see my screenshot and wonder how to do it on their mac.

Thx for the reply and the tips.