Most Windows 10 users have icons on the desktop. Some have so many it is hard to find any blank place to put another one. Then we get on Zoom or another screen sharing program and demonstrate a particular application and everyone sees our maze of icons.
I actually had a call from someone who said they lost all the icons on their desktop. That seemed very strange to me and I went to their place to investigate thinking a piece of malicious software was the culprit. That wasn’t the case at all and in a couple of clicks, after Googling the issue, the icons were all back.
Here is my desktop on a normal day. Not only does my computer take a little longer to start in the morning but individual icons are hard to locate. When I am starting a Zoom session where I will be sharing my screen I want the desktop cleared but I do not want to eliminate the icons.
Right-click on a blank spot on the desktop and choose View. Then notice the bottom right selection– Show desktop icons. Uncheck it and all the desktop items disappear.
Look, no icons! Now I can share my screen and run demonstrations without all those icons cluttering the screen. Somehow my friend was at this point and all I had to do was right-click > view > Show desktop icons and everything came right back.
Hope this helps if you lost your icons or if you want to hide them.