How to hide your desktop icons with a single click

How do you normally hide the icons on your desktop?

Right clicking the Desktop, visiting View from the flyout menu and unchecking Show Desktop Icons works but there’s a faster way.

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Get HideDesktopIcons

Download HideDesktopIcons and extract the executable.  Then make a new folder in Program Files (x86) called HideDesktopIcons and drag HideDesktopIcons.exe into it.

In the graphic below I’m dragging HideDesktopIcons.exe from HideDesktopIcons.zip into C:\Program Files (x86)\HideDesktopIcons.

Using HideDesktopIcons

Pin the file

Right click the file and choose Pin to Start Menu

Pin HideMyDesktop to your Start Menu so we can create a hotkey

Set the Shortcut Key

Now right click the pinned Start Menu shortcut icon, click Properties from the fly out menu and go to the Shortcut tab.

HideDesktopIcons Shortcut properties

In the Shortcut key box, put in your key sequence.  I’m going to use Ctrl + Alt + h since the “h” helps me remember that it hides icons.

Enter your Shortcut key for HideDesktopIcons

Click OK.

Now every time you press your custom key sequence your icons will instantly vanish.

If it doesn’t work, you may need to download and install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package first.

Installing the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package

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