How to Hide Icons on the Desktop in Windows 7

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Not everyone wants to see the shortcut icons on their desktop. If you have your Windows 7 background set as a slide show, these icons block the pictures displayed. Besides, you can still access your programs through the "Start" menu. Windows 7 allows you to instantly hide all your desktop icons with just a few clicks of your mouse, so you can fully enjoy unfettered viewing of your background.

  • Hold the "Windows" key and press "M" to minimize any windows that may be blocking the desktop.

  • Right-click an empty area of your desktop, select "View" in the pop-up menu and click "Show Desktop Icons." This removes the checkmark next to "Show Desktop Icons," which signifies Windows 7 is hiding your icons.

  • Click "Show Desktop Icons" again to display the desktop icons if you need access to them.

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