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Windows 7: Clean desktop, no icons - howto

22 Mar 2011   #1

Win 7 Ult + Starter, XP Pro +Home, 2kAS, Linux Mint 8, SuperOS
Clean desktop, no icons - howto

If you have your theme and wallpaper all set up and don't want your desktop cluttered with icons, try this:

Modify or create this registry key:

Value: 1

You can still have sidebar gadgets, or the excellent Rainmeter skins.

If everything is perfect, and you don't want anything to change, you can lockdown your desktop with:

Value: 1

Turn off these registry modifications by changing the value to 0.

Your desktop folder will still behave as before, and you can add it to your taskbar, as a new toolbar for easy access.

Here's my netbook desktop (Windows 7 STARTER) with very basic mods
Clean desktop, no icons - howto-netdesk.png
Mods: StarDock MyColors, RainMeter Gnometer, Wallpaper from Year of the Rabbit theme (MS)

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22 Mar 2011   #2

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

I do not understand why it should be done so complicated? Simply right click an empty spot on desktop, and turn desktop icons on or off. No need to edit registry, no need to lock desktop. Takes 2 seconds to turn icons on or off as you wish.

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Here's my dual screen desktop with vertical taskbar,, never combine small icons, with Quick Launch with big icons:

Clean desktop, no icons - howto-desktop_22032011.jpg


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22 Mar 2011   #3


All the registry entry does is read from the Show Desktop Icons context menu entry.

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sets registry entry to 1

Clean desktop, no icons - howto-show-icons.png
sets registry entry to 0

edit: Kari, too quick mate


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