How To Remove Icons From Desktop

Learning how to remove icons from desktop takes only a few easy steps. Most desktop icons are simply shortcuts. But some of them may be files or programs you saved to your computer’s desktop. If your desktop is looking cluttered, it may be time to remove some of the icons.

If you delete a file or folder icon from the desktop, it moves to the “Recycle Bin” where it can be permanently deleted at a later time. Deleting a shortcut icon removes the shortcut from your desktop, but the file or program it points to is not deleted. Be aware of these differences when you remove desktop icons.

Items Needed to remove icons from your desktop:

  • Personal computer
  • Windows operating system
  1. Open the personalization menu. Click “Start” and select “Control Panel” from the menu. Click “Appearance and Personalization,” then “Personalization.” On the left pane of the “Personalization” page, click “Change Desktop Icons.” For newer Windows versions, first click “Change the theme.” Then click “Change Desktop Icons” on the left pane.
  2. Remove common desktop icons. Under “Desktop Icons,” select the check box for each icon you want to keep on your computer desktop. Clear the check box for each icon you want to remove. Click “OK” to save your changes. Common desktop icons include “My Computer” or “Computer,” “My Network” or “Network,” “Control Panel,” “User’s Files,” and “Recycle Bin.”
  3. Remove other shortcut icons. To remove other shortcut icons, such as those you have created for specific files or folders, simply right-click the desktop icon and click “Delete.”
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