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    Hide or Show Desktop Icons in Windows 10

    How to Hide or Show All Icons on Your Desktop in Windows 10
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    13 Mar 2018
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    How to Hide or Show All Icons on Your Desktop in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The desktop is the main screen area that you see after you turn on your PC and sign in to Windows. Like the top of an actual desk, it serves as a surface for your work. When you open programs or folders, they appear on the desktop. You can also put items on the desktop, such as files, folders, and shortcuts, and arrange them however you want.

    This tutorial will show you how to hide or show all the icons on your desktop as needed in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    When you hide desktop icons, the icons are still on your desktop, but just do not display.

    Your desktop icons will still always show in your opened %UserProfile%\Desktop and shell:desktop folders in File Explorer.


    EXAMPLE: Hide or Show Desktop Icons

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    Here's How:

    1. Do step 2 (show) or step 3 (hide) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Show All Your Desktop Icons

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Right click or press and hold on your desktop (Shift+F10), click/tap on View, and click/tap on Show desktop icons to check it afterwards. (see screenshot below)

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     3. To Hide All Your Desktop Icons

    A) Right click or press and hold on your desktop (Shift+F10), click/tap on View, and click/tap on Show desktop icons to uncheck it afterwards. (see screenshot below)

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    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    08 Aug 2015 #1

    Freaking awesome tip I just found my correct resolution from emerson for my 32" TV today and now my icons are way to freaking big. And rather then tinkering around trying to make them smaller I just hide them all and wow wee did that make my 32" pc screen pretty.

    Thanks for the tip.
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       08 Aug 2015 #2

    I'm glad it could help Dawn, and welcome to Ten Forums.
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  3.    12 Aug 2015 #3

    Tried the BAT file to display desktop ions on desktop, didn't work. I don't like them on the taskbar.

    Thanks for any assistance
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       12 Aug 2015 #4

    Hello Jean,

    It appears something has changed not allowing the .bat to show them again, so I removed that option for now.
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  5.    12 Aug 2015 #5

    Thanks, any other "fixes" for that problem?
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  6.    12 Aug 2015 #6

    dawnrenee1988 said: View Post
    Freaking awesome tip I just found my correct resolution from emerson for my 32" TV today and now my icons are way to freaking big. And rather then tinkering around trying to make them smaller I just hide them all and wow wee did that make my 32" pc screen pretty.

    Thanks for the tip.
    You can change desktop icon size by holding Ctrl and scrolling with the mouse scroll wheel.
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       12 Aug 2015 #7

    jeannek said: View Post
    Thanks, any other "fixes" for that problem?
    For now, just using the desktop context menu.
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  •    12 Aug 2015 #8

    Ok, thanks
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  •    14 Aug 2015 #9

    Installed Win 10 this week. Many questions! But for this thread: I right clicked on desktop to hide icons, worked fine, BUT now right click on desktop is ignored, so I can't go back. Must be rare, nobody else on net mentions it...
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