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Windows 7: Hide a folder icon on the desktop

23 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 
Hide a folder icon on the desktop

Is there a way to hide or remove the desktop icon on a folder showing on the desktop so that the folder name only shows? I don't need to have the icons showing on the desktop , just the folder name.

I do not want this option anywhere other than the desktop.

Thanks

SFM


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23 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I haven't found anything to do it. Closest I've come is selecting all desktop icons, then holding down Control while rotating the mouse wheel. You can make 'em small.

I think they are either hidden or showing. If hidden, you don't get the text either.
Other than hiding, the only "transparent" I found is to make the text background transparent. Not the folder image.

My solution to desktop icon hassles is not to have any icons on the desktop. Saves a lot of headaches.
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24 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks, I have the same habit of almost never having any folders showing on my desktop either , but I need just this one on there temporarily.

I am surprised that so many users have their desktop cluttered with sometimes up to a hundred folder icons and files. What a mess!

I like everything nice and neat and organised
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24 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

On so many pages the instructions to download specify "save on your desktop" that I bet many users think it won't work if they put it in a folder instead.

The Start Menu is such a pita I think a lot of people got in the bad habit of dragging shortcuts onto the desktop to avoid the anguish. Now with all the free launchers there's no need for it.
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24 Sep 2011   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

keep the folder in your users folder , create a shortcut for it and drag the shortcut to the start orb, this will pin it to the start menu. its only 2 clicks away then.
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24 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks boohbah , that will do for what I need.
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24 Sep 2011   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

no prob ,glad to help.
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24 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Another approach is right click menu on Desktop:
How to Add Any Application to the Windows Desktop Right-Click Menu - How-To Geek

Before Vista you had to write a shell extension dll to get the desktop right click. Vista and later there's a registry key as shown in the article.

Also there are free menu programs where you control-right click or some other modified mouse click on Desktop to get a list of your favorites pop up right next to the mouse cursor. Most of them allow you to list 10 or a dozen applications/folders to launch with a mouse click. You should be able to find on AutoHotkey forum or a download site like Softpedia.
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