The desktop in Windows 7 is the place where many people save the files that they use the most. it provides a simple visual representation of your importantshortcuts, files, and folders, and you can drag those items around into an organization that makes sense for the way you use your computer.
But if your desktop icons have become hidden, either through an accidental mis-click, a prank by a family member or coworker, or any other event, then you might be wondering how to unhide those hidden desktop icons. Conversely, if your desktop icons are too numerous and you find that they are cluttering up the desktop, then you might want a way to hide them. Fortunately the method for both hiding and unhiding desktop icons in Windows 7 is the same, so you can follow our guide below.
How to Show or Hide the Desktop Icons on a Windows 7 Computer
The steps in this article are going to show you how to either hide the icons on your Windows 7 desktop, or unhide the desktop icons if they are currently hidden. Note that this assumes that the issue is that the icons are actually hidden. If your icons have been deleted, then this will not make them appear. If you follow these steps to unhide your icons and they are not visible, then you might need to open the Recycle Bin and restore the icons if they are in there.
Step 1: Right-click on your taskbar, then click the Show the desktop option. This will minimize all of your open windows so that you can view the desktop.
Step 2: Right-click anywhere on the desktop, select View, then click the Show desktop icons option.
Note that you can use this right-click shortcut option at anytime to toggle the display of your desktop icons.
If you don’t see the Recycle Bin on your desktop, then you might need to add it. You can learn how to add or remove the recycle bin from the Windows 7 desktop by changing a desktop setting.
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