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Creating a Shortcut Folder to Cleanup

Modified 7-3-2001 to add 2 icons to the 98/Me setup and created Instructions for using the folder. If you have done this previously, consider adding the 2 extra steps.
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NOTE: THIS PROCEDURE DOES NOT FIT WINDOWS XP. CLICK HERE FOR XP INSTRUCTIONS

Caution: As you do each step, open the Weekly Cleanup folder and check to make sure all icons are shortcuts identified by a small arrow in the lower left corner. See Fig 4. If you do not see the shortcut symbol, you have used left click instead of right click and moved the item or copied the item instead of making a shortcut to it. If it is a copy, it can be safely deleted. If it was moved, do not delete it. Right click on the desktop and choose Undo Move or Undo Copy

The final step in cleaning up your computer is to create a folder on the desktop to hold shortcuts to the cleanup items. This makes cleaning up frequently an easy chore. Follow the listed steps to create the folder:
  1. Make a new folder on the desktop and name it Weekly Cleanup.
    Right click on a blank area of the desktop and choose New, Folder from the menu. It is created and the title is highlighted to allow renaming. Type in the title. Click the mouse elsewhere or touch Enter.
  2. Open the Windows Explorer by placing the mouse pointer on My Computer and clicking the right mouse button and selecting Explore. Size and move the window using the Maximize/Restore button so that you can see the Weekly Cleanup icon on the desktop. It should look like Fig 1 below.
  3. In the left window, select (highlight) the Control Panel. In the right window choose (highlight) Internet (or Internet Properties) and RIGHT drag the icon  on top of the Weekly Cleanup icon on the desktop and drop it. Choose "Create Shortcut" from the menu. IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS RIGHT DRAGGING, try the alternate method in #11.
  4. Next, in Explorer, expand the C drive and the Windows folder to find the Cookies folder. See Fig 2.
  5. Find the cookies folder in the left window. Right drag the cookies folder to the Weekly Cleanup folder and drop. Again choose "Create Shortcut".
  6. The next step will vary slightly from Windows 95 to Windows 98/Me.
  7. Scroll down the left windows to find the Start Menu folder. Expand it by clicking the plus box. Then expand the Programs folder and then the Accessories folder and then highlight the System Tools folder to display the items in the System Tools menu. See fig 3. Move the mouse pointer into the right window and select and right drag these 3 items into the Weekly folder and choose Copy: Disk Cleanup, Scandisk and Defrag.
    Explanation: When right dragging folders, you do not want a copy, you want a shortcut. The items in the start menu are already shortcuts and can be just copied. Note: Disk Cleanup does not exist in 95. Just skip it.
  8. Now find the Temp and Temporary Internet folders in the left window and right drag them into Weekly and choose "Create Shortcut".
  9. Close the Windows Explorer. Open the Weekly Cleanup folder. You should have 6 or 7 icons in the folder. See fig 4.
  10. I find it cleaner to rename all 6 or 7 icons to add a number to the beginning of the name and remove the "Shortcut To". This reminds me of what order to do them in. To rename the icon right click on the name and choose Rename. Then use the cursor control keys or the mouse to place the cursor at the beginning of the name and add a number as shown in the chart below:
  11. ALTERNATE METHOD: (For #3 above)
    A. If you have trouble right dragging, try using right click menu as follows:
    B. Open Windows Explorer. Select Control Panel. In right window, select Control Panel. Right click on it and choose "Create Shortcut", or use the File menu, Create Shortcut. See Fig 6.
    C. You will get a message that says "You cannot create a shortcut here. Do you want to put it on the desktop? Click on Yes. See Fig 7.
    D. Minimize the Explorer window. On the desktop, move the new shortcut into the Weekly Cleanup folder by Left dragging it in; or Right click on the shortcut, choose Cut. Then right click on the Weekly Cleanup folder and choose Paste.
    E. Return to Windows Explorer. Scroll left window down to Windows and select it. In the right window, select Cookies. Click File, Create Shortcut. See Fig 8. You again get the error message in Fig 7. Select Yes and repeat the process for 11.D.
    F. Return to Explorer. In the left window, scroll down to and expand Start Menu, Accessories, and select system tools. In the right windows, select all 3 items shown in Fig 9 using Ctrl-Click. Choose Edit, Copy.
    G. In left window, scroll down to the Weekly Cleanup folder, select it, choose Edit, Paste. Go back to Item 9 above and finish the task.
For Windows 98 For Windows 95


1. Temp
2. Temporary Internet Files
3. Internet Options
4. Cookies
5. Disk Cleanup
6. Scandisk
7. Defrag

1. Temporary Files
2. Temporary Internet Files
3. Cookies
4. Internet Options
5. Scandisk
6. Defrag

Caution: As you do each step, open the Weekly Cleanup and check to make sure all icons are shortcuts identified by a small arrow in the lower left corner. See Fig 4. If you do not see the shortcut symbol, you have used left click instead of right click and moved the item or copied the item instead of making a shortcut to it. If it is a copy, it can be safely deleted. If it was moved, do not delete it. Right click on the desktop and choose Undo Move or Undo Copy

 

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The final step is learning how to use the folder to actually cleanup your computer.
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