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    Hide a Folder or Shortcut Icon

    Hide a Folder or Shortcut Icon
    How to Hide a Folder or Shortcut Icon in Vista and Windows 7
    Hide a Folder or Shortcut Icon

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    How to Hide a Folder or Shortcut Icon in Vista and Windows 7

    information   Information
    This will show you how to hide a Folder or Shortcut icon so only the text name shows.
    Note   Note
    For a folder or shortcut on the Desktop, this looks best with a dark background image. You will not be able to do this with a protected system folder icon. For example: C:\Windows, C:\Program Files, C\Windows\System32, etc...
    warning   Warning
    It is not recommened to also hide the Folder or Shortcut name text while hiding the icon. It will make it hard to see the folder or shortcut if you do. If you do, then you can press Ctrl+A to highlight everything in the window or desktop to see it.

    For more about this, see: How to Hide or Show File Names in Vista and How to Hide or Show Desktop Icon Text in Vista

    EXAMPLE: Folder and Shortcut Icon Before
    NOTE: The left screenshot is for any folder except protected system folders. The right screenshot is for any shortcut file or folder.
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    EXAMPLE: Folder and Shortcut Icon Hidden
    NOTE: The left screenshot is on the desktop, and the right screenshot is in Windows Explorer.
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    OPTION ONE

    To Hide or Unhide a Folder Icon

    1. Right click on a folder and click on Properties.

    2. Click on the Customize tab. (See screenshot below)
    -folder-jpg
    3. To Hide the Folder Icon
    A) Click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot above)

    B) Select a blank icon (white space) and click on OK to apply. (See screenshot below)
    -folder_change-jpg
    C) Click on OK to apply. (See screenshot below step 2)

    D) Go to step 5.
    4. To Restore the Default Folder Icon
    A) Click on the Restore Defaults button. (See screenshot below step 3B)
    5. Repeat for any other folder icon you wish to hide.



    OPTION TWO

    To Hide or Unhide a Shortcut File or Folder Icon

    1. Right click on a shortcut file or folder and click on Properties.

    2. Click on the Shortcut tab. (See screenshot below)
    -shortcut-jpg
    3. To Hide the Shortcut File or Folder Icon
    A) Click on the Change Icon button. (See screenshot above)

    B) Select a blank icon (white space) and click on OK to apply. (See screenshot below)
    -shortcut_change-jpg
    C) Click on OK to apply. (See screenshot below step 2)

    D) Go to step 5.
    4. To Restore the Default Folder Icon
    A) Repeat step 3 and select the icon you had before.
    NOTE: You may need to Browse to the .exe file for a file shortcut to select and restore it's icon.
    5. Repeat for any other shortcut file or folder icon you wish to hide.

    6. You may also wish to remove or restore the shortcut arrow overlay on the icon as well.
    That's it,
    Shawn






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    Re: Hide a Folder or Shortcut Icon

    Sorry if I post this in the wrong tutorial section or wrong forum. I have a question...
    When I right click on the desktop>New> a bunch of other system files and documents pops up in the context menu besides the usual ones such as Folder, Compressed (zipped) Folder, Briefcase, etc...
    Please help me to delete them.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Hide a Folder or Shortcut Icon

    Hi Bennys,

    Item can get added to the New context menu sometimes when you install programs that add to it. It involves editing the registry so I would not do this if you are not comfortable in the registry.

    If you wish to pursue it, then this tutorial will show you how to. You will need to know the file extensions of the items listed in the New menu you want removed. Post a screenshot of the New menu items, and I will see what I can do to help make it easier for you.

    New Menu - Context and File


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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