How to Remove Windows 7 Desktop Icons for Users

By C. Taylor

Your Windows 7 desktop shortcuts offer you convenient access to the programs you use most. However, you might wish to remove these shortcuts from other user accounts. Although you can choose to hide desktop icons, this only affects your current account and does nothing to hide desktop icons for other users. To remedy this dilemma, you can choose to make most icons accessible only in your administrative account.

Transferring Icons to Adminstrative Account

Step 1

Log in into your administrative account.

Step 2

Click the "Start" button and select "Computer" to open Windows Explorer.

Step 3

Click "Tools" in the top menu and select "Folder Options." Check "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" on the "View" tab and click "OK" to view system folders.

Step 4

Navigate into "C:\Users\Public\Desktop" in Windows Explorer.

Step 5

Hold the "Ctrl" key and click "X." The icons will dim.

Step 6

Navigate into "C:\Users\ADMINISTRATOR\Desktop," replacing "ADMINISTRATOR" with your administrator username.

Step 7

Hold the "Ctrl" key and press "V" to move the previously selected shortcuts into the administrator account. This makes them inaccessible to other users.

Hide Desktop Shortcuts

Step 1

Right-click an empty area of the Windows 7 desktop.

Step 2

Point to "View" in the pop-up menu.

Step 3

Uncheck "Show desktop icons."

Tips & Warnings

  • Windows system shortcuts will still be visible, unless you configure each user account to hide desktop shortcuts.