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Hide icons on desktop
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/23/2005 | User Interface Page 3 | Unrated
Hide icons on desktop

If you are using the regular start menu(not the classic one) and you only have the recycle bin left on the desktop and would like to get rid of it and still have easy access to it, then listen here:

First drag the recycle bin into the start menu and place it at the top so it is 'pinned to the start menu' -- along with i.e and o.e(both these items are pinned typically).
Right click on the desktop and scroll to 'arrange icons by' and then uncheck 'show desktop icons'
Now the recycle bin will be gone but you will still have access to it in the start menu.

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    One learn something new everyday, thanks to people like you. I, personaly have no icons on my desktop since I use "N-Launcher" which is a great little program to get rid of all these icons on your desktop but at the same time, you have them hiden on the side for you. thanks friend for that great tip about the recycle bin!
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Only talks about te trash bin but title says hide icons on the desktpo
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Works great except it lowered the quality of my background picture. It looked choppy when i removed the recycling bin.
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Much appreciated friend.
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This method serves the purpose of hiding the recycle bin, but at the cost of the wallpaper being converted back to the default version of Microsoft, which is pretty stupid just to hide the Recycle bin icon. But no matter, just keep trying, I realise not everyone is clever.
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Amazing!!! A squeaky clean desktop
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is really cool. Works on Vista by the way.
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by Bugah)
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    exactly what I wanted...simple and no need to download/install programs........thanks
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Finally! I have tried every method I could find online to hide the stupid recycle bin, and this is the only one that worked! Frick...thanks! My life is now complete.
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    cos its so bloody simple and gets the job done
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    100% ON!! Thanks so much.
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Easiest Method after all the complex Regedit methods.. many thanks!
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    awesome so much easier than those other methods I searched up I don't know what the other people are talking about my wallpaper stays unaffected
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Keep it simple stupid
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    worked great
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    dude, thx, lmao ive been looking at the other ways to get rid of the icons, n im kinda of a noob, this helped, easiest way
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thanks soooo muchh
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    nice goin, tellin us half-blind people where to look ><
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    i cant drag to highlight
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    omg your amazing tyvm!
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Awesome-I tried all those suggestions to add keys to the registry to either delete or hide or create an option in the folder menu, but none of them worked - my computer would not allow me to add those keys to the registry - This was by far the easiest, least complicated and most acceptable method I tried. I've been trying to do this thing for the last 3 hours. BTW, it did change my desktop, but I was able to change it back. Thank You VERY Much! :-))
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it just hides all the icons in the background.. including the ones u actually do want.. -_-""
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    compared to the registry edits an other patch work that can be done this is the most straight forward an simple, appreciate it
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It gave me exactly the right information to do what I wanted to do without faffing around. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #26 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    brilliant solution
     
  • Comment #27 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    THANK GOD i was doing so many complicated meathods wen all u had to do was this lol (= ty
     
  • Comment #28 (Posted by Deon)
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    Excellent!! This is brilliant! Thank you for the great advice.
     
  • Comment #29 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have looked far and wide and this is the only way to hide icon in XP Home... BRAVO!!! GREAT POST..
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    awesome. who needs desktop icons anyway...
     
  • Comment #31 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    wow. You are a genius. Others are still racking their brains on how to work it the complicated way. LOL
     
  • Comment #32 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have only found ways to delete the bin all together. I love that I can still use it, and get it off my desktop. Thank you.
     
  • Comment #33 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    I have downloaded Tweak UI, I have changed things in my registry, I have practically thrown my computer out of the window! If only I had seen your INCREDIBLY simple instructions first!!!!! This is the only thing that worked to get rid of my recycling bin without deleting my wallpaper and sending my computer into chaos. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  • Comment #34 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Solved my problem. Thanks very much.
     
  • Comment #35 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It doesn't work for XP. The recycle bin icon does go into the start menu as described, but remains on the desktop :(
     
  • Comment #36 (Posted by Felipe)
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    Amazing.This has been plaguing me for years. Thank you so much
     
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