How to remove Pictures from desktop without deleting Mac

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Can photos be deleted from desktop without removing from organizer?

Eyal Goldshmid | Special to TCPalm |6:00 am EDT October 14, 2018
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Q: I have Windows 8.1 and wish to delete photos that are on my desktop without deleting them from my photo album organizer. Is this possible?

John Hurst, Vero Beach

A: Photo organizers (including the "Windows Photos" program that comes pre-installed on PCs) are applications that catalog the image files found on your hard drive. They also make those same pictures viewable and shareable (and at times even editable) to you from a single interface.

However, they are not a means of file storage. Although they allow you to move, copy, rename and compile images as needed, when you perform these functions through the program, the commands actually take place at the file and folder level of Windows, at the exact location where your image sits on the hard drive, not solely within the photo organizing program itself.

If you have images sitting on your desktop and you delete them, those files also willbe removed from your photo organizing program because the act of deleting those files will be reflected in the organizing program.

It sounds like you want to keep these pictures currently residing on your desktop. Abetter approach would be to move the images to a folder within your Pictures directory in Windows. This will keep the files on the hard drive, and in your photo organizing program, but free up visible space for other things on your desktop.

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To do this, first open Windows Explorer this is the file management application of Windows. In Windows 8.1, Explorer can be launched by clicking on the "Folder" icon found on your Taskbar.

Once open, you will see a two-column displaywith various folders and drives shown in the left column and various files and folders in the right.

In the left column, locate and click on the "Pictures" or "My Pictures" folder (it should be under the "Libraries" category listed there). When you do, the contents of that folder will appear in the right column.

Right-click over some blank space in the right column and select "New Folder" from the menu that appears. Give that folder a name (for example, "Desktop Images") and hit Enter. Then double-click on that folder to enter it keeping in mind that when you do the right column will not have anything to display in it.

Minimize Windows Explorer, go to your desktop, highlight the images you want to remove from it (hold down the CTRL key and click on the images to select multiple items collectively) and press "CTRL + X" on your keyboard to "Cut" the images.

Next, maximize your Windows Explorer window, click in the blank space in the right column again and press "CTRL + V" on your keyboard to paste the images in there. This will move the images from your Desktop to this directory.

In the future, if you want to access these images again, you can do so through your photo organizer (they should remain in the same spot there) or launch Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder you created in your Pictures directory.

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