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Create A Shortcut To Toggle The Desktop Icons In Windows XP, Vista And 7

If youíve got hundreds of icons cluttering up your desktop, you might want a quick way to turn them off without using the context menu, hereís a quick and easy way to make a shortcut key to turn them on or off.

Others may have written about this article in the past for other versions of Windows but this still works In todays versions of Windows.

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Create a Shortcut to Toggle the Desktop Icons:
The quick solution comes from a small utility, we heard was written by an alternate sidebar programmer. Just to be clear, this utility does the same thing as a right-click on the desktop and toggling the 'Show Desktop Icons' under view.

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The first thing that needs to be done is download the HideDesktopIcons application and save it somewhere other than the desktop, preferably somewhere where it wonít be deleted. You could put it under your Program Files folder if you wanted to. Then Create a shortcut to it.

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If youíre using Windows 7, all you need to do is right-click on the file and choose Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu, depending on where you want it. In this article we'll put it on the Start Menu so we can assign a hotkey to it.

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If youíre using a previous version of Windows and youíd like to put it on the Quick Launch bar, you can do that by opening up Windows Explorer and typing the following into the address bar, just keep in mind that shortcuts on the Quick Launch bar donít allow shortcut keys, so youíll need to copy it to the Start Menu as well.
shell:Quick Launch

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Now you have a shortcut that can be used for quick access to toggle the desktop icons.

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To assign a hotkey, right-click on the shortcut in the Start Menu and choose Properties to assign a hotkey, I desided to use Ctrl+Alt+T (for toggle) since itís easy to remember.

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Now you can access the desktop icons through a shortcut icon or the shortcut key.

Supporting Files if your system needs them:
The Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package (x86)

The Download Application to toggle the icons on and off:
Download the HideDesktopIcons Application

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