How to Remove Unused Desktop Icons

If you feel like you have too many icons on your desktop, you could right-click each shortcut icon one at a time and delete them, but that is a long and tedious process. Windows actually includes a wizard to help you remove unused desktop icons. You can access this wizard through your computer's Control Panel.

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Too many desktop icons can be annoying.

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Click "Start" and then click "Control Panel."

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Type "personalization" in the search box and then click "Personalization" in the results.

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Click "Change desktop icons" on the left side of the screen. The Desktop Icon Settings window opens.

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Click to un-check the box next to any icons you want to remove. Click "OK" when you're finished.