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Windows 7: Hide/Unhide Start toolbar & Desktop icons

28 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 64-bit Enterprise
Hide/Unhide Start toolbar & Desktop icons

Alright, here's what I got going on:

I want to be able to have a completely clear desktop, void of icons and start toolbar with a hot key. However, I would like to be able have access to the start toolbar and able to have desktop icons available to me. This is where the hot key would come into play: the ability to hide/unhide both sets (icons and toolbar) simultaneously. Does anyone know of a program or registry hack that would accomplish this?


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28 Jan 2013   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

what is a start toolbar?

there is this for the icons :

clik here
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29 Jan 2013   #3
Rand Marks

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Welcome to the forum, linkbowser12,

There is no way to do what you want by simply editing the registry; however, I may very well be able to make a program that shows or hides desktop icons with a single hotkey. As for the "start toolbar" you speak of, I have never heard of it. Can you post a screenshot?
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12 Sep 2016   #4

windows 7 Enterprise x64

He meant the right click on taskbar->toolbars menu. They always show icons...
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Seems a bit of a niche problem. I wonder if a registry change can fix it or if it requires a more drastic solution.
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