Does a messy desktop slow down your computer?

Does a messy desktop slow down your computer?

The desktop is usually used as a destination to use frequently accessed files. It is also used to have quick access to the important documents. Some people don’t want their precious to get buried in the layers of folders. So, they cast aside their important files in the desktop to save the trouble of having to memorise the location.So does messy desktop have their effects ?

But does having a lot of files in your desktop slow down your computer?

It depends on the number of files and the weight of the files you have on the desktop.

If you have a lot of files with a lot of weight (files like movies) in your desktop, then it might be actually slowing down your computer’s speed. Read this gentleman DavoMartinez and RaraCookies’s experience here.

A lot of fuel is added to this discussion by what happens while refreshing on windows desktops. It has been experienced that messy desktop slows down the refresh operation.

Desktop icons only use some Kilobytes of the total resources of your computer. And that is reserved often for the worst case scenario. So, if you have a lot of desktop icons that are not properly arranged, then it might slow down the refresh process in your computer. But it will not have the enough punch in it to actually cripple your computer.

“A lie told often enough becomes the truth”- Lenin

So, if you have a lot of poorly arranged desktop icons and your refresh is not working properly, there is no reason to getting worried. The rest of your machine must be working properly. This is because the windows have a little problem rendering the actual manual sequence you set in your desktop.

Since the basic workings of all the OS are the same, these facts though not entirely applicable to Apple’s iOS and Linux applies to some extent to them as well.

Desktop icons were designed to allow easy access to programs without using too much of the computer resources.

Let’s give you easy access to your most important and most frequently used files from the desktop without battering your speed. Keep your files in the drives inside the folders. Create a shortcut for the files on your desktop.


This should create a shortcut that is both easily accessible and low on resource consumption.