How to show or hide desktop shortcut icons?


As you use your Windows-based PC,you may start to notice that you accrue many shortcut icons on the desktop. You can perform the following steps to hide all icons, including any shortcuts. This procedure doesn’t stop their functionality but only hides them from the desktop



Step 1 : Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)[Win + r(Type Regedit)]


Step 2 : Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer


Step 3 : From the Edit menu, select New, then DWORD value.


Step 4 : Enter the name NoDesktop, and press Enter.


Step 5 : Pastes recently executed commands (does not cycle)


Step 6 : Double-click New Value, and set the value to 1.


Step 7 : Click OK.


Step 8 : Close the registry editor.


Step 9 : Log off and log on again for the change to take effect.



You can also perform this procedure with a Group Policy Object (GPO) by selecting User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Desktop, then Hide all icons on Desktop.


Note that after you enable Hide all icons Desktop, you cant right-click on the desktop to get a context menu.




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