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Windows 7: Windows 7 is forgetting my Hide Desktop Icons setting

01 Feb 2010   #1
egypt

windows 7
 
 
Windows 7 is forgetting my Hide Desktop Icons setting

I like to use the Desktop folder to save items temporarily, but I keep a clean desktop background with no icons displayed. This option is accessed by right clicking the desktop and deselecting View>Show Desktop Icons. I've been doing this since I was using Windows Vista. My problem is that now my Windows 7 OS never remembers this setting. Whenever I turn my computer on the icons have reappeared. Additionally, when I go to deselect the option, I have to do it twice for it to take effect. Is this a known bug? It's really annoying, especially when there may be things on the desktop you don't want others to see when you login.


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01 Feb 2010   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Welcome to the Forum

Go to search type icons Then go to show common icons. Select the ones you want shown. Hope this works.

Report back, so that others may be helped or to ask for additional assistance.
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01 Feb 2010   #3
egypt

windows 7
 
 

Hey, thanks for the response. The problem is I'm not worried about choosing what default icons show (My Computer, Networks, Recycle Bin, etc.). I want to hide ALL dekstop icons, meaning any file in the folder "Desktop" does not actually appear on the desktop.
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01 Feb 2010   #4
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by egypt View Post
Hey, thanks for the response. The problem is I'm not worried about choosing what default icons show (My Computer, Networks, Recycle Bin, etc.). I want to hide ALL dekstop icons, meaning any file in the folder "Desktop" does not actually appear on the desktop.
We have the benefit of having a great research library and a conucopia of expertise. This problems seems to have come up before. How about this.

https://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...hide-show.html

The post gives you benefit of our excellent tutorial and some of the expert advice that follows.

Hope this helps
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01 Feb 2010   #5
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Egypt, and welcome to Seven Forums.

After you set your dekstops icons to be hidden using the tutorial in the post above by Richard, save your theme to see if that may help keep them after a restart or log off and on.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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01 Feb 2010   #6
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by egypt View Post
I like to use the Desktop folder to save items temporarily, but I keep a clean desktop background with no icons displayed. This option is accessed by right clicking the desktop and deselecting View>Show Desktop Icons. I've been doing this since I was using Windows Vista. My problem is that now my Windows 7 OS never remembers this setting. Whenever I turn my computer on the icons have reappeared. Additionally, when I go to deselect the option, I have to do it twice for it to take effect. Is this a known bug? It's really annoying, especially when there may be things on the desktop you don't want others to see when you login.
Over the weekend, after I rebooted, my icons were not there. I did not know about the feature to turn them on and off. I rebooted again and they were still gone. I came to Seven Forums and found out about clicking the desktop. My point is that mine did not turn on when I rebooted.
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01 Feb 2010   #7
egypt

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello Egypt, and welcome to Seven Forums.

After you set your dekstops icons to be hidden using the tutorial in the post above by Richard, save your theme to see if that may help keep them after a restart or log off and on.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Worked. Thanks for pointing that out to me. As you can imagine searching "show desktop icons" produces a lot of extraneous results.
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02 Feb 2010   #8
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's great news Egypt. I'm happy to hear that it worked for you.
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03 Dec 2010   #9
sandys

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
@Egypt

Hey, I'm facing the same problem too, i tried everything that was mentioned and i even tried running the registry files, still, when i restart, the icons show up to add to my frustration...

Please let me know what to do?
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