Although removing icons from the desktop doesn't really increase speed or performance of the computer (it's better to prevent their associated programs from unnecessarily running in the background), I still clean things up just to make the desktop look better. I remove them entirely. In addition, since the icons are indeed "unused", the user will only need to access the program occasionally. Occasional access can be made by using the Start Menu or by opening the file from the folder it is placed in..
I've got some users that have NO icons on their desktop because they find accessing files is easier from the Quicklaunch bar or from the Start Menu.. Each to their own.
Hope this helps.
My unused desk top folder has disappeared.
How do I restore it.
If I create a folder and name it and physically move my unused icons to that folder -- will that do the same thing.
I want clear the desk top for two reasons: Deduce the clutter, and hopefully speed up my computer from running so many unused icons, but I still want to be able to get them when I need them. And if I move them to a folder even if they are not on the desk top will they still use up speed.