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Windows 7: Make icon invisible

08 Jan 2011   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Kari, I think you are hiding the file, not the shortcut on the desktop.


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08 Jan 2011   #12
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

I don't seem to be able to wrap my head around this whole thing and get the point of the action. Why don't you just put all the shortcuts, you don't want on your screen, into the Quick Launch Bar. The Keyboard shortcuts should still work no matter if the bar is shown or not

Quick Launch - Enable or Disable

-DG
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08 Jan 2011   #13
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Kari, I think you are hiding the file, not the shortcut on the desktop.
No, Wolfgang. OP asks how to make an icon invisible . I did tell how in my post. The screenshot is from shortcut.

Using file properties, you can hide (= make invisible) any shortcut icon, file or folder. I do not believe he has copied the programs on desktop, rather that he has shortcuts to them.

Kari



EDIT: Let's try once again.

If I understand OP correctly, he wants to make a shortcut icon on desktop invisible, and open the program that icon opens with a keyboard shortcut.

This solution, as told in my previous post, is the easiest and simplest. It works with every type of shortcut icon whether it is a shortcut to a program or folder:

Right click the shortcut icon. Choose Properties from context menu. Click Shortcut tab, click inside Shortcut text field and assign a keyboard shortcut by pressing a shortcut key of your choice. Click General tab, select Hide, click OK.

The shortcut icon is now invisible (hidden) as OP wanted, and can be run with assigned keyboard shortcut.
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08 Jan 2011   #14
James Colbert

 
 

All solutions presented are viable, IMO. What works best for me is a combination of what Kari, Mike Conner & whs have suggested, with a twist.
  • My desktop icons are generally hidden via right click/View/Show icons (but I have the Desktop toolbar showing in the Taskbar)
  • I have a folder called Desktop Shortcuts in my Start Menu folder, (which contain shortcuts to the programs I use most). I have created hotkeys in all of these shortcuts' properties.
If I need other than hotkey access to the shortcuts on my desktop, I can either access them via the Desktop toolbar (through browsing the popup list or right clicking and opeing the folder for an explorer view), or click on the 'Show Desktop' item.

Also, I keep a current copy of the Desktop Shortcuts folder on a different partition, always ready when needed after a new install (or reinstall) on any machine.


James
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08 Jan 2011   #15
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Sorry Kari, but it just does not want to work. I even clicked "Apply" - but the shortcut kept being visible. I also tried it on a file (new folder on desktop). That did nothing either. maybe my system is haunted.
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08 Jan 2011   #16
ie9

Windows 7 Ultimate (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Sorry Kari, but it just does not want to work. I even clicked "Apply" - but the shortcut kept being visible. I also tried it on a file (new folder on desktop). That did nothing either. maybe my system is haunted.
Could it be that you are showing hidden files and folders?
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08 Jan 2011   #17
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Sorry Kari, but it just does not want to work. I even clicked "Apply" - but the shortcut kept being visible. I also tried it on a file (new folder on desktop). That did nothing either. maybe my system is haunted.
By something invisible?

Regards....Mike Connor
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08 Jan 2011   #18
Kari

 

Whs, I can just say it works without a single problem on all my rigs. Assign a keyboard shortcut, hide the icon and that's it.

Did you refresh the desktop after hiding the icon? Check folder options so that Show hidden files and folders is not enabled.

Kari
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08 Jan 2011   #19
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
All solutions presented are viable, IMO. What works best for me is a combination of what Kari, Mike Conner & whs have suggested, with a twist.
  • My desktop icons are generally hidden via right click/View/Show icons (but I have the Desktop toolbar showing in the Taskbar)
  • I have a folder called Desktop Shortcuts in my Start Menu folder, (which contain shortcuts to the programs I use most). I have created hotkeys in all of these shortcuts' properties.
If I need other than hotkey access to the shortcuts on my desktop, I can either access them via the Desktop toolbar (through browsing the popup list or right clicking and opeing the folder for an explorer view), or click on the 'Show Desktop' item.

Also, I keep a current copy of the Desktop Shortcuts folder on a different partition, always ready when needed after a new install (or reinstall) on any machine.


James
Yep, more or less what I do as well, although I only really use the desktop folder as a sort of glorified drop box for stuff like screenshots etc.

As you can see here, the desktop on the screen is "empty", and I have a folder where I can do whatever I want with the contents;




Most people find some particular way of working which suits them, and then stick to it. Can be quite difficult to acquire new habits when one wants to do something else.

Regards....Mike Connor
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08 Jan 2011   #20
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Whs, I can just say it works without a single problem on all my rigs. Assign a keyboard shortcut, hide the icon and that's it.

Did you refresh the desktop after hiding the icon? Check folder options so that Show hidden files and folders is not enabled.

Kari
Aha, now we are getting somewhere. "Show hidden files and folders" is enabled. Thanks Kari
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