How to Hide Your Desktop Icons In Windows ( Including a Quick Way )

So, your Windows desktop is a complete mess – all kinds of files, icons and what not, arranged in the most disorganized way. You know how to declutter your desktop but just haven’t been able to find the time and the patience to do it ( don’t worry, it’s not just you ).

The only problem here, apart from the obvious lack of productivity while finding something on the desktop, is that you don’t really want your friends, family or anyone else to see your desktop because of its disordered and chaotic look. So how do we deal with this situation? Well, hide the icons. You instantly get a clean desktop!

While this is a workaround and not a solution, it’s effective nonetheless. And there could be times when you need to quickly hide your desktop icons regardless of the fact that it’s clean or not.

We’ll talk about two ways to hide them in this article. Lets check them out.

1. Keep Your Desktop Icons Hidden Most Of the Time

There isn’t a problem doing that, is it? Looking at a clean desktop sans icons feels nice. Just take a look at my desktop below ( the wallpaper isn’t permanent…I use the desktop slideshow feature in Windows 7 to rotate wallpapers. )


Hiding desktop icons is pretty simple. Just right click anywhere on the desktop (not on an icon though) and go to View –> Show desktop icons (uncheck it). When you want to see the icons again, just repeat the process and check that option.


2. Using Fences to Quickly Hide the Desktop Icons

Previously, we have talked about Fences, a neat desktop organization tool for Windows. This tool has an option to quickly hide the desktop icons by just double clicking on it.


This can help you when you want to protect stuff on your desktop from prying eyes. My advice though, would be to never have important / confidential stuff on the desktop. Better place it somewhere else, in some other location on the hard disk.

So that was how you could hide your desktop icons in Windows. Now, tell me, is your desktop a cluttered mess and you prefer hiding the icons instead of de-cluttering the desktop? Be honest. ????

Last updated on 07 February, 2022

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