NimiPlaces: Organize Desktop Folders and Shortcuts into Separate Stacks

Most of us use the desktop as a starting point to do all kinds of work.

We use the desktop in a variety of ways – from launching programs, to downloading files to organizing folder shortcuts and so on. The problem is that with time, the desktop becomes extremely cluttered and full of program shortcuts, which might affect your daily productivity. You start the computer and see a “junk screen” as shown below:

Organize desktop folders

Cluttered desktop

To solve this you can use NimiPlaces – a freeware utility for Windows which lets you organize desktop items into “Places”. You can create a place and store files, folders and program shortcuts, without cluttering your desktop. The program can divide your desktop into separate workable areas and you can create different containers for files, desktop shortcuts, folders, application shortcuts and so on.

To get started, run the program, right click the system tray icon and click “Add a place” to create a place:

Create a place

After creating your first desktop stack, choose the folders which you want to display in that specific stack. As an example: I have created different stacks to hold different items on desktop. One of the important stacks is my “Application stack” which contains all the application shortcuts e.g Microsoft Excel, Google Chrome, Tweetdeck, Microsoft Word and so on.

Working with Desktop stacks

Once you have created all the stacks, there are different ways to manage each item. You can resize the stack, move it freely on the desktop and launch the folders or files with a single click. And there is no need to display all the stacks on the desktop, you can selectively hide desktop icons or items in a specific stack by double clicking anywhere inside the stack.

Here is how the folder stack looks:

folder stack

Folder stack

Another great advantage of using Nimiplaces is that my desktop never gets cluttered with File downloads and folder shortcuts. I have created a dedicated folder container only for the “downloads” folder in Windows 7, which is minimized by default. Whenever I download a new file from the Internet, the file is saved to the “Downloads” folder and becomes accessible from the desktop stack, as described earlier.

When I need to access the downloaded file, all I have to do is maximize the stack, find the file I just downloaded and then minimize it all over again. Hence, it doesn’t really matter whether I have a thousand folders on the desktop, If you’re using Nimiplaces – you can always hide specific desktop icons, folders or program shortcuts from it’s dedicated container.

The best thing about the program is that it does not require any installation and thus can be used from a USB stick. You can create as many folder places as you want which includes network locations as well. Tip: Add multiple panes in Windows desktop.

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