Windows 10 make Android-like folders on desktop

desktopuser interfacewindows 10

I like to be able to see my wallpaper, so I want to just have one folder with all my program shortcuts on the desktop. However, it's not very slick to have to open up Windows explorer to access the shortcuts.

I like the interface on Android OS, where tapping on a folder expands the icon so you can access the contents. Is something like this possible on Windows 10?

Something like this:

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Best Answer

  • I actually recommend getting Visual Studio Express (Free) and creating an interface of your own.

    I recommend this because it doesn't involve third parties, and because it's free and very easy.

    The general idea would be to:

    • create a VB project,
    • set the window to no titlebar,
    • set the window position fixed to X Y on some place on your screen,
    • and put the .exe on your desktop near the place where the window position was set.

    .

    A completely unstyled window with buttons created in VS:

    Form1 with buttons

    Which, after removing the title bar, adding more buttons, and setting images on those buttons, you can get something like this:

    Office icons

    Each button would have a handler that looks like so:

    Private Sub Button3_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button3.Click
        Shell("notepad")
        'OR
        Process.Start("word.exe")
    End Sub
    

    .

    It's really easy code, it's a free IDE, everything is drag-and-drop.

    What you get is full customization, no third parties, and some VB experience!