How To Hide/Unhide Desktop Icons


Over time, I’ve had a few people who have come to me because all of their icons disappeared from their desktop.

Show/Hide Icons

The solution is simple– right-click on the desktop and click on View.

Then check the last option, Show desktop icons. If you have a cluttered desktop and want to hide your icons, then just uncheck it by clicking it again.

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Bonus Tips

You also have a few other options here. You can change the size of the icons: Small, Medium, or Large.

Auto arrange icons: This will group all the icons on the left-hand side of the screen. Uncheck this if you are trying to move icons somewhere else on your screen, but they keep snapping back to the left-hand side.


Align icons to grid: You can move them anywhere, but this helps you line them up more neatly.

I believe this is similar in all versions of Windows going back to Windows 95.

About the Author

Terry Hollett

Terry is a self-taught computer aficionado, who after being exposed to Windows 3.1 in the early 1990's devoured every book and magazine on the subject he could get his hands on. A published author with over 20 years' experience building and servicing computers for friends and family he started his first website in 2002 at Hit Any Key.

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