The Clean, Empty Desktop

The Clean, Empty Desktop

We toss around the term “minimal” a lot, mostly to describe spartan yet elegant desktops or workspaces. It’s all about removing the things you don’t need so you have plenty of room for the things you do — and to give yourself creative space. Lifehacker reader unkn0wn did just that with this clean, minimal desktop.

This desktop is great not just because it gives the user information such as system status, time/date and network health, but also because other it’s otherwise completely free of distractions. Here’s what you will need to make it yours.

That’s all you need for this one. We might add the GoogleBar skin somewhere for quick web searches, but it’s beautifully clean as it is. The taskbar here is shown, but hiding it could add to the clean look.

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  • Why do you need a desktop to be free of distractions?

    It’s not like you sit there looking at it while doing work.

    Mine always end up being a mess, but I don’t care. I just use it for short cuts or quickly saving files I want to quickkly open or might need to read a bit. It’s quicker.

    I consider all that ram cpu stuff to be a waste and a distraction over say my short cut to a game.

    • I am very much for a clean desktop and have modified mine to almost nothing more than 5 small words, clock and weather on a particularly calm green background.

      It sets my mood before starting work and also allows me to spend a few minutes rest, without the screen catching my eye as I look away. At the end of the day when you close everything and see the order it’s similar to making sure your physical desk is clean and organised too.

      People with chaotic minds would not understand the feeling, I know I didn’t before I trained myself not to be chaotic.

    • To each their own.

      I prefer the clean desktop look as well. My desktop has no icons at all, and I don’t really have any need for date/time stuff, that’s easily accessible anyway. I even use small icons for the taskbar, to maximise the available screen space.

      I think it’s mostly just so it feels like a start with a clean slate every time I start my computer.

  • I agree


    I start a job put things there I need for the job then finish and remove all items.

    It gives sense of start and finish. As a paperless office a clean desktop is the same as a clean desk.

    You are either a clean desk person or not

    • I used to have that, and then the junk folder would be put into another junk folder when it got too messy.
      But trust me, once you take the time to sort through every last piece of junk (archive, delete, shove it in Documents) it’s feels SO much better!

  • Still too much clutter for me. 99.999% of the time my screen is filled with programs I’m using. I’ll see the desktop for a maximum of about 5 seconds before my first program (usually chrome) is loaded, and I don’t see it again until I shut down. I never understood having all this irrelevant information on a screen I never see.

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