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Windows 7: Erasing desktop icons

08 Apr 2017   #1
americancritic2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit SP1
 
 
Erasing desktop icons

Hello and I know I am very young, so please don't hold that against me but is there a way to only leave one icon on your desktop instead of all of them.


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08 Apr 2017   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Have you tried right clicking on each one, then left clicking on delete?

Don't be ashamed of your age. We all were young once, even us flatulent geriatrics (who wish we were young again but still know what we know now).
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08 Apr 2017   #3
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You could also just drag and drop them in the Recycle Bin. Check everything to make sure things work as you want. Reboot a couple of times and then empty the Recycle Bin.

Jack
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08 Apr 2017   #4
americancritic2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit SP1
 
 

Then what would I do to get them back when and if I need them.
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08 Apr 2017   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by americancritic View Post
Then what would I do to get them back when and if I need them.
The easiest way I can think of would be to right click on an empty spot on the desktop, move the mouse pointer to New, then on the menu that drops down, left click on Folder. Right click on the folder, left click on Rename, then give that folder whatever name you want, such as Unused Icons. Drag and drop the icons you want to get rid of into the folder, then drag the folder somewhere out of your way, mayhap a corner. To get an icon back, just open the folder, then drag it from the folder back to the desktop.
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08 Apr 2017   #6
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

start > run > rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0 > enter

then check to keep icon or uncheck to remove icon, press apply
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08 Apr 2017   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
The easiest way I can think of would be to right click on an empty spot on the desktop, move the mouse pointer to New, then on the menu that drops down, left click on Folder. Right click on the folder, left click on Rename, then give that folder whatever name you want, such as Unused Icons. Drag and drop the icons you want to get rid of into the folder, then drag the folder somewhere out of your way, mayhap a corner. To get an icon back, just open the folder, then drag it from the folder back to the desktop.
That idea works quite well also. I have a folder that I call Goodies that I slip things into.

Jack
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08 Apr 2017   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
start > run > rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0 > enter

then check to keep icon or uncheck to remove icon, press apply
It would be better to keep things simple for a newbie.
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08 Apr 2017   #9
Callender

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

Maybe you should explain why you want to remove the icons. In any case you can just hide/ unhide them by right clicking on a blank part of your desktop and you should see the option to hide them in the context menu. Unhiding them is the same method.
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You could just pint the one you want to keep handy to the taskbar.


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08 Apr 2017   #10
iko22

Windows 7 x64, Vista x64, 8.1 smartphone
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by americancritic View Post
Then what would I do to get them back when and if I need them.
What I do is create a new user profile to give me two user profiles. I give them different names, but they are just me; a pre-cursor to the virtual desktop!!!!!

You could, as you request, use one profile for all the desktop icons, while the other you'd use for the minimum set of icons.
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