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Windows 7: Desktop Icons - Hide or Show

26 Apr 2013   #40

Windows 7 Professional x64

Hey Brink,

Thanks for replying, i'll await your results


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27 Apr 2013   #41

64-bit Windows 10 Pro


I haven't been able to reproduce this in Windows 7.

As a test, how does it work for you in another or new user account?
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28 Apr 2013   #42

Windows 7 Professional x64


In another(new) user account, it does the same.

But a friend of mine who's got knowledge about this, is helping me as we speak.

I'll let you know if it's fixed

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19 Apr 2014   #43

Windows 7 64bit

I downloaded the 2 bat files to hide, and show icons.

Bat hide icons works fine.

Bat show icons doesn't work at all

I can right click on desktop and go to View and there is a check by show icons. But there still isn't any icons.

I even restored the computer to a earlier date, and that made no difference to my problem.

I can't get my icons back.

Can anyone help me with this problem???
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19 Apr 2014   #44

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Iceblast, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Use Option One to hide and unhide them again to toggle it to see if they show then.

Are they at your "C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop" folder location?
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19 Apr 2014   #45

Windows 7 64bit

Well, I just fixed the problem. I don't know why this fixed it though. I had to go to my Desktop folder, and move all the files there to another folder I randomly made, and then move the files back. Now, I can see my icons. Nothing else worked.

Right click the desktop menu made no difference if you had show icons or not checked.

Refreshing you desktop made no difference, and restoring you computer to a earlier date did no good.

But moving the files from and back to desktop folder did. Strange...

Thanks for responding so quick though. But it looks like everything is straight again. I'll be deleting those bat files though. Not worth the trouble they caused.
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19 Apr 2014   #46

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Not sure what the problem was since the .bat files work just fine on my system, and they only toggle the same settings the desktop context menu uses to hide/show them.
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23 Aug 2015   #47

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit SP1

I think the below utility is well worth a mention.

Create a Shortcut or Hotkey to Turn the Desktop Icons On or Off

It works well for me on Windows 7, although the origin of the exe file is unclear.
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16 Dec 2015   #48

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

Just found this tutorial. Using the 2 .bat files all is well except for one critical issue. For some reason, executing either of these closes all my open explorer windows. Thoughts anyone?
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16 Dec 2015   #49

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Marc, :)

That's normal when using the .bat files. They need to restart explorer to apply.
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