The book shelf in Apple iPad looks great. You can use a rack like Apple iPad’s bookshelf to organize the shortcut icons, files and folders on your Windows 7 desktop too. Here is one we are using:
We will not use any program, so no sucking of system resources. We need a bit of Photoshop works and Windows 7 tweaking.
Actually it is a kind of cheat. The whole thing (except the icons) is a wallpaper :
Preparing the Wallpaper in Adobe Photoshop
First we need a wallpaper. You can use any wallpaper that is perfectly of your screen resolution. Open it in Photoshop. Click Image and Duplicate it. Close the original wallpaper. In our download section, you will get the Book Shelf’s PSD file. Delete the unnecessary layers and merge the group to make the bookshelf a single layer. Copy this layer to your wallpaper’s layer and resize it.
Now, you need the the custom name as we have used. You can read the article on how to create pressed text effect. Merge all the layers and save it as png file. Set it as desktop background.
Arranging icons in the bookshelf on Windows 7 desktop
Right click on any empty part on Windows 7 desktop area and use the exact settings we have used:
Now, you can move the desktop icons freely. Follow this tutorial to get custom size of desktop icons instead of fixed sized desktop icon.
Everything is done; two things remains:
Removing the texts of the Windows 7 Desktop shortcut icons
Click the start menu and type “charmap” without the quotation marks and hit Enter from the keyboard. Character map will open :
Select a blank character and copy it. Then right click on the desktop icon you want and click Rename. Press CTRL + V to paste this character; you will get the text free desktop icon.
Removing the shortcut arrow icons
There are several ways to remove the shortcut arrow icons. We used Windows 7 Manager which works fine for 64 bit of Windows 7.
If you can not create the base wallpaper using Adobe Photoshop or want a custom wallpaper, please Contact Us; our graphics team will create one for you.
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Hey Abhishek. I recently found a problem in removing these shortcut that it disables the Jump Lists in Win7 which is unique in it. Any patch for this problem???
Swapnil, there are three ways to get back; first is:
Right-click on the taskbar and select Properties. In the Taskbar and Start Menu propertiesâ€ dialog box, click Start Menu tab. Uncheck the option named Store and display recently opened items in the Start menu and the taskbar to disable Jump Lists feature. Click on the Apply button to save the changes. Restart.
Recheck that box to get back the feature. (Restart / log-off & log-on works almost the same in this case).
Second is to restore the registry from a previous registry backup and third (I must say it is not 100% successful) is to restore Windows to 2 or 3 steps back date.
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