How to Hide Desktop Icons

How to Hide Desktop Icons (Windows & Mac)

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Last Updated on May 1, 2024 by Daniel Osakwe

Desktop icons are a convenient way to access frequently used programs, files, and folders in Windows. However, sometimes having too many icons cluttering up the desktop can be overwhelming and distracting. In this blog post, we will discuss how to hide desktop icons in Windows and Mac Systems.

Steps On How to Hide Desktop Icons in Windows

How to Hide Desktop Icons

 

Step 1: Right-click on the desktop to begin, right-click on any empty space on your desktop. This will bring up a context menu.

Step 2: Select View From the context menu, select the “View” option. This will expand a submenu.

Step 3: Uncheck “Show desktop icons” In the “View” submenu, uncheck the “Show desktop icons” option. This will immediately hide all desktop icons.

Step 4: Bring back the desktop icons If you want to bring back the desktop icons, simply repeat the above steps, but this time check the “Show desktop icons” option.

Alternatively, you can also use a keyboard shortcut to hide or show desktop icons in Windows. Simply press the “Windows key” + “D” to minimize all open windows and show the desktop. Press the same key combination again to restore all minimized windows and show the desktop icons.

 

Steps On How to Hide Desktop Icons in Mac

Steps On How to Hide Desktop Icons in Mac

If you’re someone who likes to keep your desktop organized, you may find that having a cluttered desktop can be overwhelming. One solution to this problem is to hide your desktop icons. Fortunately, this is a relatively simple task on a Mac. Here are the steps to hide desktop icons in macOS:

Step 1: Click on the desktop to make sure you’re in the Finder.

Step 2: From the top menu, click on “Finder” and select “Preferences.”

Step 3: In the “General” tab, uncheck the box next to “Show desktop icons.”

Step 4: Your desktop icons will disappear, leaving only your desktop background.

If you want to bring your icons back, simply go back to the “Finder Preferences” window and check the box next to “Show desktop icons.”

Alternatively, you can also use a keyboard shortcut to hide your desktop icons. Simply press “Command + Option + H” on your keyboard, and your desktop icons will disappear. To bring them back, simply press the same keyboard shortcut again.

Conclusion

Hiding desktop icons in Windows can help declutter your desktop and improve productivity by reducing visual distractions. It’s a simple and quick process that you can do in a matter of seconds. By following the steps outlined above, you can easily hide and show desktop icons whenever you want.