Hi guys! I’ve been wanting to make this post for a while now but I wanted to wait until I was completely happy with how everything looked. Now it’s finally time for a laptop tour/ how I organize my laptop post! Why am I so excited for this one?
So here’s what my desktop looks like. Take it all in real quick. Also please don’t comment about my 5,000 emails. I know I suck!
As you can see, I have my folder icons personalized and sticky notes all pinned like a little virtual bulletin board. I love the way it turned out and how easy it is to find everything that I need. So let’s get into how it’s all done.
*Disclaimer: I learned all of these cool tricks from different people on social media, but I can’t remember all of their names. If they come to me, I’ll give them full credit! I just don’t want to take credit for any of these myself!
How To Customize Folder Icons
I found this trick on TikTok a while back and immediately ran to my laptop to try it out! So cute, right?
- Google clipart that you would like to use for the icon. This can be anything. I chose the white heart emoji. And it helps if the photo has a transparent background. But if it doesn’t, you can remove it through markup.
- Copy the image.
- Right click to create a new folder, or use an existing one.
- Once the folder is created, right click on the folder and choose “Get Info.”
- Click the folder icon in the top left corner of the information window.
- “Control” + “C”
How To Customize Sticky Notes To Create a Virtual Bulletin Board
Full credit goes to Julia Crist on Youtube for teaching me this one. As soon as I changed my folder icons I was hooked and went on a deep dive to find more tricks and this one changed the game, even though it’s super simple. I just love the look if it now!
I wish I could remember where I downloaded these fonts from so I could share, but I love them! If you have downloaded fonts that you want to use to customize your sticky notes, here’s what to do!
- Open your stickies
- Click “Font” in the top left corner of your screen.
- Choose “Show Fonts” then select the font that you want to use.
This one was a little time consuming for me because I couldn’t quite figure out what size I wanted the photo to be. Stickies has a feature where you can simply add a photo to the sticky note but the photo is almost always too big. So I take a few extra steps to make sure it fits without cropping anything out. I’m sure there’s other ways to go about this, but here’s how I did it!
- Choose your photo.
- Create a new sticky note that is the size you would like your photo to be on your desktop. Use this for reference.
- Open Pages or Microsoft Word and drop your photo into a new document.
- Scale it down to a size that would fit in the sticky note.
- “Command” + “Shift” + “4”
- Trace a box around the photo by clicking and dragging the cursor. Release the cursor after you have highlighted the entire photo.
- Drag and drop the photo to the sticky note when it appears in the bottom right corner. It only appears there for a brief time before moving to the desktop, so if you cannot find it in the corner, check the desktop for a screenshot of the photo.
And there you have it! Nothing too fancy, but it looks so nice in the end! If you try any of these out, I hope you like the new look of your desktop! Let me know if there’s any other laptop posts you’d like to see!