Windows 7 Tips: Select Show Hide Desktop Icons

Windows 7
Windows 7

Did you know that you can show/hide the desktop icons and gadgets directly from the right-click menu on desktop? How do you select the system icons like Computer, Control Panel, Recycle Bin and Network displayed on the desktop?

Since I generally use my own photographs as desktop backgrounds most of the time, sometimes I feel like removing all the icons and gadgets temporarily just to watch the images. Whatever be the reason, if you wish to remove all the desktop icons and gadgets on Windows 7, all you need to do is follow the below-mentioned step to show/hide desktop icons and gadgets:

Right-click on the desktop and hover over or click on “View” to get the options to show/hide desktop icons and gadgets. Deselect the “show desktop icons” option to temporarily remove the icons.

When you wish to have the icons and gadgets displayed again, just right-click again on the desktop, click on or hover over View and select the “show desktop icons” option.


When you install Windows 7 on a computer, the only desktop icon visible by default is the Recycle Bin shortcut. On installing new programs, usually you are asked whether you wish to have a shortcut placed on the desktop. In order to display icons like Computer, Control Panel, Network etc. you can follow the below-mentioned steps or create a shortcut by right-clicking on the corresponding icon elsewhere.

To change the icons that are displayed on the desktop, Right-Click on the desktop and go to Personalize.

In the left sidebar click on Change desktop icons.

Make the changes and save the settings by clicking on Apply or OK.


In order to display other icons on the desktop you can you can use the following steps:

Right-click on the file or folder for which you want to create a desktop icon.

Click on or hover over “Send to”.

Now, from the “Send to” menu select desktop in order to create a shortcut.


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