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    "Clean Up by Date" on Desktop?

    Hello - is there a way to get a menu option for "Clean Up by Date" on the Gnome Desktop?

    Clean Up By Name is only so useful sometimes...it would be nice if there were more options. Thanks!
    [bunnyfly]

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    Re: "Clean Up by Date" on Desktop?

    Anybody?

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    Re: "Clean Up by Date" on Desktop?

    Apologies to sound pedantic, what do you mean exactly by cleanup by date in Linux. Windows has this to clear out all the stuff the uninstallers left behind or it uses it to muck up your desktop because you did not use the icon for a while.

    Please elaborate as most folks using Linux find this pretty foreign.
    You do what? Are you crazy!

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    Re: "Clean Up by Date" on Desktop?

    It isn't a Windows thing, and it isn't about (un)installing. In Gnome, if you right click on the desktop, there's an option to "Clean up by Name." It means to sort and arrange the icons by name. I want to sort my desktop icons by date.

    Thanks,
    [bunnyfly]

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    Re: "Clean Up by Date" on Desktop?

    Me too. I want to sort by file creation time.

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    Re: "Clean Up by Date" on Desktop?

    me too.

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    Re: "Clean Up by Date" on Desktop?

    No it's not availabe in GNOME, only in kDE

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    Re: "Clean Up by Date" on Desktop?

    More importantly, can we protect this option, and maybe offer an "undo"?

    I have about 150 icons on my desktop, and I arrange them manually into related groups. I also don't auto-align/space the icons, so I can manually place them right next to each other to improve density - it works very nicely when you have a bunch of images all arranged into a kind of group mosaic.

    I accidentally hit the "arrange by name" the other day, and bam - there goes my organized desktop. Half the icons were all scrunched up over the top of each other at the right of the screen, because there wasn't enough room for the sparse columns that "clean by name" arranges things into. A complete mess in other words, and there is no "undo". Bummer.

    Please make this option reversible, or a little more difficult to get to accidentally, by maybe making it a second level menu - ie the top level would be "clean up icons", and then a second menu of "by name", "by date", "by type" or whatever.

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    Re: "Clean Up by Date" on Desktop?

    If you have that many icons, you might as well organize them in categorical folders.

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    Re: "Clean Up by Date" on Desktop?

    Quote Originally Posted by kevwalsh View Post
    Me too. I want to sort by file creation time.
    Traditional UNIX filesystems, Linux's included, actually don't store file creation time at all.
    Last edited by asmoore82; May 22nd, 2009 at 06:28 AM.

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