How to remove the Network Places folder icon from a desktop is fairly simple. You may want to do this if you do not use a computer network or just do not want this icon.
To remove this icon:
Right click it.
- Then select OK if you are asked to do so. The icon should be removed now.
This should work whether you use Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7. While this process works on home computers, it may not work on computers that you use at work because of how they are configured. You may not be allowed to remove this icon.
If you want to put this icon back:
- Right click the desktop and select properties.
- Under the desktop tab, select customize desktop.
- Check the box next to Network places at the top and press OK.
- You can also add or remove other system icons to the desktop here.
In Vista and Windows 7:
- Right click the desktop and select personalize.
- On the left, select change desktop icons.
- Select the icons you want to be shown.
This icon can actually be very useful if you have a home network set up. You can use this shortcut to find other computers on your network that have shared folders that you can access on the computer you are using. It is often used in company environments because of this. To use My Network Places besides through using the desktop icon, you can find it under My Computer in Windows XP or Computer and then click Network in newer versions of Windows.