Those who love to use Windows 7 in an easier way and want to find a handy alternative of every method, they can try some shortcut hacks. Creating a shortcut to show or hide the desktop icons in Windows 7 is one such useful hack. If you often use some screen recorder, this shortcut helps you to easily toggle between your dirty and clean desktop.
Here, we have discussed how to create the shortcut and hot key to hide or show the desktop icons in Windows 7 and Vista. Firstly, we’ll create a shortcut to turn on or off the icons in desktop and will pin it to the task bar.
Creating Shortcut to Hide or Show the Desktop Icons
There is an option to hide or show desktop icons in Windows 7 or Windows Vista. But if you want a shortcut so that you can hide or disclose the icons by a single click, HideDesktopIcons.exe, a tiny application can do it for you.
The application was written by a programmer of Desktop Sidebar. Just download the application from here. Extract the zip file and store it any where at your computer. Then follow the steps below.
- Right-click on the application file and select ‘Create shortcut’. Do not choose the ‘Send to’ option as you are not going to create the shortcut at Desktop*.
- This will create the shortcut at the same location where the executive file resides. Right-click on that file and select ‘Pin to Taskbar’.
You are done! You can hide or disclose your desktop icons by clicking on the taskbar icon that you’ve created.
* If you create the shortcut at the desktop then you will be unable to locate the shortcut icon once clicking for hiding the desktop icon.
Assign a Hot key to Hide or Show the Desktop Icons
If you want to use a hot key instead of placing your mouse pointer to the desktop icon, here is what to do.
1. Create another shortcut from the original location of HideDesktopIcons.exe ( go to Send to > Desktop (Create shortcut) option)*. Now, right-click on that shortcut and select ‘Properties’.
In the ‘HideDesktopIcons.exe-shortcut properties’ dialog box, select the ‘Shortcut tab’ and put your preferred hot key combination at the ‘Shortcut key’ field. I use CTRL + ALT + C.
Click on ‘Apply’ then ‘OK’. After assigning the hot keys, you may need to log off or restart your system.
*Assigning the hot key for the shortcut that is pinned in the taskbar does not work for this trick.
Note: The original location of the application file is not opening at this time. So, we gave you the download link from the mirror location of the file in TechTipsApp.Com.