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Windows 7: Hiding Desktop Icons if not viewing Desktop

23 Apr 2012   #1
Leon Overweel

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Hiding Desktop Icons if not viewing Desktop

I've been looking around for something that can hide my desktop icons (or basically anything except my background & bottom navigation bar) if I'm not viewing the desktop.

In other words, when I have a (not full screen) window open, I want to be able to see my desktop background but not the icons on it. When I "view" the desktop, or don't have anything on top of it, I want the icons back.

Just wondering if anyone knows about a way to do that, because I think it'd look a bit cleaner.


- Leon Overweel

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23 Apr 2012   #2

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

not really the answer to your question, but have you considered:
with the focus on the 'open' window:
ALT + SPACEBAR key combo | X to maximize
ALT + SPACEBAR key combo | R to restore
ALT + SPACEBAR key combo | M to minimize
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23 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Basic 64bit

Hey dude just try the software named "Fences".....
By using this s/w u can have 2 advantages....
1) you can customize your desktop icon by grouping it....
2) when you are on desktop just press 'Esc' button from keyboard or just double click the left mouse pointer at any empty space of desktop. By doing this it will hide ur desktop icons and again by followibg the same procedure it vill visible....

So its nt the perfect solution to ur problem bt somewhat similar to it....
Isn't it?????
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24 Apr 2012   #4

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

Welcome to the Seven Forums
As mentioned above Fences will do exactly what you want.
Here's the link use the free version Fences - Windows Desktop Organization Software
If you need any help setting it up just ask.
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24 Apr 2012   #5

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

I'll suggest a slightly different approach. I uncheck the "Show desktop icons" option which hides the icons on my desktop then I create a Desktop toolbar. I never need to actually go to my desktop, just click on the Desktop toolbar and it will popup a list all of the hidden icons. Keeps my desktop very clean looking.
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27 Apr 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Basic 64bit

Fences would be helpful to you bro.....
For queries just ask it.....
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27 Apr 2012   #7

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
Good Solution

I use Strollin's suggestion. Makes a very clean desktop.
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