The desktop is one of the most frequently accessed locations for many Windows users, and people like to put shortcut icons and files there because it is easy to remember the location. Many programs will also install shortcut icons on the desktop by default, in another effort to improve usability of their product.
But this can lead to a very crowded desktop, making it difficult to locate the files you want, or to see the picture that you have set as your background. But rather than deleting or moving the files from the desktop, you can instead choose to hide icons on the Desktop. The files and shortcuts that are there will still be accessible from within programs, files and folders, but they will no longer be visible when you are viewing your desktop.
Stop Displaying Windows 7 Desktop Icons
Note that the files and icons that you have on your desktop are still there, they just are not visible when you are viewing the desktop. But if you browse to them through Windows Explorer you will still be able to find the files. Additionally, you can make the icons visible again by simply following the steps below again.
Step 1: Right-click in an empty space on the desktop to bring up this shortcut menu.
Step 2: Click the View option, then click the Show Desktop Icons option to clear the checkmark. Note that you can display these icons again by returning to this menu location and clicking the Show Desktop Icons option again.
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