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Removing All Icons from the Desktop
Removing All Icons from the Desktop
No matter how hard I try, I always end up with a lot of junk on my desktop. There
is never an end to the war I fight with my desktop to keep it clutter-free—this
is evident from the programs I download, documents that I am too lazy to save
elsewhere, and new program links that seem to pop up from nowhere. I like
to see my desktop wallpaper and not have my view of the wallpaper blocked
by useless icons. One cool way to win the never-ending desktop war is to
disable the desktop’s ability to show the icons and instead pin the most common
desktop icons—such as the Recycle Bin and other shortcuts—to the taskbar.
Disabling the icons on the desktop is actually a very simple task. Most people
never learn about this feature because it was placed where you would never
expect it in previous versions of Windows. In Windows 8, just right-click your
desktop, select View, and then select Show Desktop Icons. Almost instantly, the
icons disappear.
Don’t worry because the icons and folders on your desktop were not deleted.
If you ever want to turn the icons back on, just repeat the preceding steps again.
This is a very simple way to clean up the desktop quickly. It’s sort of like
sweeping dirt under a rug. The desktop clutter is still there, but you can’t see it.
Customizing the Icon Drop Shadow Effect
The drop shadow effect makes the icons stand out from your wallpaper and
makes them much easier to read when you are using a background such as a
photo that has both light and dark spots. Depending on the wallpaper that you
are using, you may or may not like the feature. I really like the new effect, but
if you are using a bright wallpaper, I recommend disabling it. Perform the
following steps to turn the feature on or off:
1. Open the Start screen, type sysdm.cpl , and then press Enter to launch the
System Properties window.
2. Click the Advanced tab, and then click the Settings button under the
Performance section.
3. While on the Visual Effects tab, scroll to the bottom of the box.
4. Locate the Use Drop Shadows For Icon Labels On The Desktop option
shown in Figure 7-1, and check or uncheck the value, depending on what
you would like to do.
5. Click OK to save your changes.
6. Click OK again to close the System Properties window.
7. You may need to reboot your computer to view the change.
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