Desktop usage habits

I have described now quite a lot of my tool-using habits, but have yet to conclude this by covering the basic desktop usage.

  • My favorite location for “Save as” is always the desktop which serves as primary to-do reminder and is not cluttered by quick-launch program icons.
  • For clearing it up, there are three options:
    1. (towards bottom right:) drag things to the recycle bin ,
    2. (towards up and left:) drag them into the folder hierarchy via folder shortcut icons leading to the major project folders, and subsequently move them to subfolders; or
    3. (remain in the center:) create a provisional new folder on the desktop, to collect desktop files much like using a paper clip.
  • if the affected project has grown older, move the desktop file or folder to the folder hierarchy, up left;
  • but, if the project is still current, immediately after that go backwards with a right-click to add a shortcut from the new place in the folder hierarchy to the desktop;
  • if the project has become stale, apply action #1 to the shortcut, folder, or file: move it to the recycle bin, bottom right.

This lifecycle across the desktop via top left to bottom right has become a routine pattern that does not need much deliberation.

It is also the desktop and its folder shortcuts from where I start most navigation, since I do not use the Windows Explorer. This has the advantage, that my shortcuts from one folder to a related folder are displayed right among its siblings and not only in the details pane. And I heavily depend on these “see also” connection shortcuts (as described earlier in #50). The problem is when I move folders, the shortcuts (usually) break. I would therefore very much appreciate to have a reversed shortcut added automatically from B to A when I add a shortcut from A to B, to keep track of my folder networking.

My navigation through the file hierarchy is primarily based on scanning through the yellow folder (or folder shortcut) icons. The problem is when I don’t remember what the filename meant. (As long as I remember them, short names are much easier to scan, so it is not a solution to abuse names as titles or almost descriptions). Obviously, I could create a html page for each folder that could offer annotations for each subfolder link, but this method would hide all items that are not yet processed by annotations. The ideal way would, IMO, be a simple description property to be added to the folder that would pop up like a quick-tip when hovering over its icon.

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