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Hide icons on desktop
http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com/windowsxp/articles/92/1/Hide-icons-on-desktop
Super Admin
 
By Super Admin
Published on 02/23/2005
 
If you are like me and you like your desktop perfectly clean to see your background, then here is a good tweak.

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.