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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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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.

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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

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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!

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  • The issue with this solution is lack of flexibility. You can't easily drag-drop shortcuts into existing folders without needing to spin-up visual studio and compile a project for every change. Move folders around. Collapse folders into a single icon size. Make sure the collapsed icon doesn't hide an existing desktop icon. Etc. The DIY approach seems like it would just be frustrating.
    – AnnanFay
    Nov 28 '20 at 19:40
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you can try the 7stacks icon based program launcher

Android-like folders on desktop

Source: Ghacks

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