How to Hide All Desktop Icons on Windows 10

How to Hide All Desktop Icons on Windows 10

Windows tries to give us a simplistic user interface and it is still working on it. Since Windows XP, there has been a lot of complications when it comes to navigating around the operating system and the overall look of it. It somewhat improved with the Vista, which was then perfected in Windows 7. It is considered as the peak of Windows operating systems, only to be worsened by its successor Windows 8. Microsoft got a lot of backlash for breaking what was perfect, especially removing the Start Menu and introducing Charms.

Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be the last Windows but will instead get updates. And it has gotten better. From a fully working and bug-free Start Menu to Dark mode and update schedules, Windows 10 has set the bar this time. Still, there are times when you click something and an action is performed somewhere else. Like the time when you clicked on some folder and another folder is opened or moved to the Recycle Bin. Nobody wants that! Such minuscule issues sometimes manage to irk us, humans. One of the issues that people face is related to desktop icons. Many people ask how to hide all the desktop icons to make it look cleaner, even if it is only for a few hours. Don’t worry, we have got you covered. Scroll down and follow the steps to hide or show the desktop icons on your Windows 10 PC.

How to Hide All Desktop Icons on Windows 10

It is really simple to either hide or show all your desktop icons.

Step 1: Go to your Desktop by pressing Windows Logo key + D on the keyboard or just take a peek at the corner of Action Centre.

Step 2: Right-click anywhere on Desktop.

Step 3: Select View and tap on Show desktop icons.

Hide All Desktop Icons on Windows 10

Step 4: You will see that all the icons on your Desktop have been disappeared while in reality, they are just hidden on your command.

Hide All Desktop Icons on Windows 10

Step 5: To make the Desktop icons visible again, repeat the steps and click on Show desktop icons.


Keeping your desktop organized is equally essential as keeping your office desk tidy. Add shortcuts to the most used applications/programs or folders. And if you are way past that phase, de-clutter your desktop by prioritizing what you need the most. If you just want to hide the Recycle Bin icon, go here. What did you think of this article? Did it help you? Let us know in the comments below.


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