Access Desktop Items From Your Taskbar

One thing I have noticed is a lot of people like to treat their Desktop as a “dumping ground” for all their personal files, folders and shortcuts. Yes, it is very convenient, but quickly gets overwhelming and hard to navigate. If you are one of these people, a handy shortcut is to add a menu containing all your desktop items on your taskbar.

Here is how you do this in Windows Vista:

1. Right click on your Start Menu and select Properties.

2. Go to the Toolbars tab.

3. Check the box for “Desktop”.

4. Click OK.


Now a new menu will appear in your taskbar, appropriately named “Desktop”. By clicking the arrow on this item a pop-up menu of all files and folders will appear. This is a great way to access your desktop items without having to minimize all your open applications.