How to Hide Your Desktop Icons on a Windows 10 PC

Make your icons invisible

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On the home screen of your Windows 10 PC, you can hide your desktop icons by following these steps:

Hide your desktop icons

A windows 10 home screen view with icons.
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Step 1.

Right-click on a space away from your desktop icons.

A windows 10 desktop showing  a right-click menu.
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Step 2.

Place the mouse pointer on the View text to pop up a second menu.

A windows 10 home screen showing a right-click menu and a view option.
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Step 3.

Click on the Show desktop icons text to uncheck and hide your desktop icons.

A windows 10 home screen showing a right-click menu, with the show desktop icons.
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Results

Your desktop icons will no longer be visible.

A windows 10 home screen with all icons hidden.
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Why you should hide your desktop icons

Scenario 1: Hide your desktop icons to keep them from the reach of your kids. Your files may get deleted.

Scenario 2: Hide your desktop icons to keep them from prying eyes.

Scenario 3: Hide your desktop icons to create an illusion of a clean home screen.

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