Oct 11 2008

How to Show or Hide your Desktop Icons in Vista

If you’re anything like me ocassionaly your desktop will fill up with shortcuts icons and folders and let’s face it sometimes we don’t have the time to sort through them all to to get that clean look.

Here’s a quick tip to hide that mess untill you get around to clean it up.

Simply right click an empty place on your desktop and choose View, then remove the check mark next to Show Desktop Icons. And like magic no more mess.

Before: Messy

After: Clean

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    7 Comments on this post


    1. Hide your Desktop with Desktopple Pro wrote:

      […] I am using my laptop soon for our school system CEO to do a major presentation to over 1,200 people soon and I want hide my desktop but I am lazy and didn’t want to “clean it up” because I really like how my computer is organized.  I also do a few screencasts and tutorials online and I get annoyed when people see  your screen and comment on what programs you have–it actually distracts from the tutorial. I found online a really cool app called  Desktopple Pro it is for Mac users only , but from what I see you can do this in Vista. […]

      April 7th, 2012 at 8:32 am
    1. Marc said:

      Everytime I log on to vista my desktop icons do not show. I have to manually un-check show desktop icons and then re-check show desktop icons to get them appear.

      Do you know why vista is hiding my desktop icons even though at boot up the property to show desktop icons is checked?

      June 18th, 2009 at 9:19 pm
    2. mohan said:

      thanks for giving this solution

      October 28th, 2009 at 8:02 am
    3. Rain said:

      I have the same problem as Marc. If someone knows the solution please contact me at electricbrains.com

      December 20th, 2009 at 11:05 pm
    4. sunny said:

      Thanks for this useful info.

      June 12th, 2010 at 2:45 am
    5. Yvonne said:

      Excellent!!! I appreciate it.

      June 15th, 2012 at 8:45 am
    6. hide windows instantly said:

      Excellent article. I’m facing some of these issues as well..

      November 13th, 2015 at 11:11 am


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