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.
Things You'll Need
- Computer using Microsoft XP
Click "Start" and then click "Control Panel."
Type "personalization" in the search box and then click "Personalization" in the results.
Click "Change desktop icons" on the left side of the screen. The Desktop Icon Settings window opens.
Click to un-check the box next to any icons you want to remove. Click "OK" when you're finished.
Tips & Warnings
- The shortcuts you choose to remove will be moved to the "Unused Desktop Shortcuts" folder.
- Desktop icons that you haven't used for more than 60 days will be listed in the "Desktop Cleanup Wizard."
- The wizard will run every two months automatically unless you uncheck the "Run the Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard Every 60 Days" check box.