For most of us, our PCs eventually resemble our attics — crammed with stuff we’re sure we’ll want to use again — someday.
If your Windows desktop is a sea of applications and file icons — some needed and others, not so much — two apps can help you get your desktop organized.
Nimi Places: Free, but rough around the edges
Nimi Places (site) is free and organizes your applications and files into translucent, onscreen containers. The download process is quick, though you do have to jump through a simple CAPTCHA. After using Nimi for a while, I got the feeling it’s not fully baked.
When you first load the program, Nimi opens the Choose desktop layout dialog box. You can select one of the preset templates listed below (see Figure 1) or set the location of a container on the desktop manually. With my version of Nimi, the preset options and their respective containers were:
- Casual (2 left, 2 right) – Applications, Documents, Downloads, and Games
- Casual (4 top) – Applications, Documents, Downloads, and Games
- Casual (4 bottom) – Applications, Documents, Downloads, and Games
- Artistic (2 right, 1 middle bottom) – Quick Access, Other, and Works
- Workflow (3 right) – Done, In Progress, and To Do
- Workflow (2×3 right) – Applications, Documents, Downloads, Games, Quick Links, and Work
Note: At the bottom of the screen is the option, “Run automatically at startup.” It’s enabled by default.
After selecting a layout, click the Use template button (bottom-right) to accept.
The new layout will appear on your screen, prepopulated with frequently accessed documents and Favorites (see Figure 2). To organize your desktop, simply drag application and file icons into the appropriate container.