How to Hide Selected Desktop Icons in Vista

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Hiding selected desktop icons in Vista is something that you can do to remove clutter from your screen. Hide selected desktop icons in Vista with help from an experienced computer professional in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hey my name is Zach. If you're trying to hide some desktop icons for instance you might want to do this when you're not using something regularly and you just don't want that clutter on your desktop but you still want to easily access the file, there's a way to hide that file and then be able to access it later. So if you come over here to my desktop I actually have a hidden file right here. You can't tell. I can right click there and everything and I can double-click and nothing happens. But we'll hide this one here for example. So in order to hide it what we're going to do is right-click and go down to properties. In properties we're going to select hidden and then hit apply. We'll say OK and we'll notice that file disappears. Like the other I can't click it or right click or do anything with it. So now in order to show those hidden files what you're going to do is open up your file explorer. In my file explorer I can go to my computer and then go to my control panel. In the control panel you're going to look for show hidden and it's going to be under this folder option show hidden files and folders. Now all you would have to do is check show hidden files and folders underneath this hidden files and folders folder. We'll hit check and apply you'll notice that there's a little gray hue over them. That's just showing you that they actually are hidden files. In order to change that back just go to don't show hidden folders and files and hit apply. And those files are effectively hidden. My name is Zach and I hope this helps. Thanks for watching.


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