Windows screens get cluttered fast, especially if you're working on an older machine or laptop system that forces you to work in 640 x 480 resolution. Here are some coping strategies.
Switch between maximised applications. The easiest way to minimise screen clutter is to maximise all open applications, switching between them by pressing
Turn off unnecessary toolbars. You can see more of your work if you turn off unnecessary toolbars or status bars (check your documentation for details). Some applications let you hide or reveal all floating palettes with one keystroke; for example, the
Reveal hidden applications. If you keep your current application maximised, you can get easy access to other applications by pressing
See everything. To maximise the window you're currently working in while retaining quick access to minimised applications, minimise all applications except the one you want to work in. Press
Remove the labels. You can make Windows automatically push an application's label below the bottom of the screen by performing a simple win.ini edit. But this manoeuvre can affect your icon arrangement in Program Manager, so first set up the icons in each Program Manager window the way you want them. Then select Options and make sure Auto Arrange is not checked. In the future, avoid using both this option and Window-Arrange Icons. Now press
With Program Manager taken care of, you can fix icons on the desktop. In Program Manager or File Manager, choose File-Run, type win.ini and press