No matter how hard I try, I always end up with a lot of junk on my desktop. There is never an end to the war I fight with my desktop to keep it clutter-free — this is evident from the programs I download, documents that I am too lazy to save elsewhere, and new program links that seem to pop up from nowhere. I like to see my desktop wallpaper and not have my view of the wallpaper blocked by useless icons. One cool way to win the never-ending desktop war is to disable the desktop’s ability to show the icons and instead pin the most common desktop icons — such as the Recycle Bin and other shortcuts — to the taskbar. Disabling the icons on the desktop is actually a very simple task. Most people never know about this feature because it was placed where you would never expect it in previous versions of Windows. In Windows 7, just right-click your desktop, expand View, and then select Show Desktop Icons. Almost instantly, the icons disappear. Don’t worry because the icons and folders on your desktop were not deleted. If you ever want to turn the icons back on, just repeat the preceding steps again. This is a very simple way to clean up the desktop quickly. It’s sort of like sweeping dirt under a rug. The desktop clutter is still there, but you can’t see it.