Decluttering is important, be it your room or your desktop. A clean and tidy desktop is not just pleasing to the eyes, but it also increases your productivity. It is always easier to find things on a clean desktop as compared to the one cluttered with numerous useless icons. While working we don’t really realize that we are saving the files and folders on the desktop, as a matter of fact, we intentionally save our important files and folders on the desktop for easy access. But, at the end of the day what we have is a messy and disorganized desktop with numerous icons.
While you can always delete the useless icon or clean the Windows desktop clutter manually, there are some good and useful third-party free apps available for the same. Iconoid is one of such applications which help you clean your desktop and handle it in a better way.
Iconoid – Manage Desktop Icons
Iconoid is a very lightweight simple application which takes less than a minute to land on your PC. With a quick and short installation wizard, the application gets installed and is ready to use. At first instance, you might find the interface a bit confusing, and you might take some time to figure out the features, but it is very easy once you check it properly.
In short, Iconoid is a desktop icon manager that lets you:
- Save and restore icon positions
- Remove or color icon text background
- Select any color for icon text
- Automatically hide icons.
This simple application gives you more control over your desktop and enables the personalization desktop settings. You can hide the icons when you don’t need them or make them appear back in just a single click.
Hide the icons
With this small application, you can make all your desktop icons hide for 5 seconds or according to your cursor posting or hide them always. When you select the Always hide option, you can make them appear by a single click of the mouse. You can adjust the settings under the Hide tab.
With this tool, you can also make the icon background transparent and also can enable or disable the drop shadows. Just go to the Colors tab and click on Disable Drop Shadows to disable or enable them.
Under the Desktop tab, you can handle the desktop display settings manually. You can change the screen color, select a wallpaper or adjust its aspect ratio. Click on Reset tab whenever required and click Hide tab to hide the Iconoid window.
The Tray tab is of course for the system tray options. You can adjust the tray icon settings where you can show or hide the tray icon, change the background options, adjust the icon positions and more. There is another option of Do the icon Dance, but it somehow didn’t work for me, so I am not very clear about what it is.
The Options tab lets you decide whether to start Iconoid with Windows or now, to display the tools tips or not, enable window fading, etc. There is also an option of selecting the Hot Keys, exporting and importing the settings which mean to save your settings on your PC as registry files.
Other settings include the separate icon positioning, use of relative positions, special placements for icons, integrating the Iconoid app to Explorer, etc.
Overall, it is a simple, lightweight application that works quickly. Any settings you apply take effect immediately. The application hardly puts any load on your system memory or the CPU. I didn’t face any crashes while testing the application, and nor did it hang. So, if you want to get more control over your desktop icons, you can download the application here. The application works on Windows 11/10 too.
- DesktopOK lets you save, restore, lock desktop icons position and layout.
- D-Color is another tool you can use to save the current icon layout, restore earlier icon layout and more.
- IconRestorer lets you Save, Restore, Manage your Desktop Icon positions.
- Icon Shepherd which can restore desktop icon layout to the original location