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maintaining my desktop

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My computer is running WindowsXP.
my desktop is mostly empty.
it has icons for my computer, my documents, recycle bin, norton security scan, microsoft outlook, my network places and two folders for outlook express.
it also has 2 "drop boxes" for 2 other computers because it is connected to those other computers through those.
i would like to know which of these icons is not necessary and what should i then do with them?
also, i keep ALL my files and everything in "my documents".
so does that make the start up or even the running of the computer slower, because the "my documents" icon is there on the desktop?

please help.
thank u.
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Hi, Leave both of the 'drop boxes' as is.

All your files / documents should be in the ' my documents' folder so they are easily findable.

The ' my documents' folder icon on the desktop is only a shortcut icon, therefore it will not slow your system startup down at all.
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Excessive number of desktop icons will slow down desktop loading, but you have only 10 icons. Nothing to worry about.

Edited by Broni, 30 December 2008 - 10:05 PM.

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