From: Teriel9 on
Yes please Mike

"Mike S" <mscir(a)> wrote in message
>>>>> I go to Desktop properties but am not offered the "Show desktop icons"
>>>>> referred to in the help file. "Show in groups" is greyed out.
>>>>> I have invoked the XP Sidebar and wish to hide the desktop icons as
>>>>> they will appear in the sidebar
>>>>> Any ideas please
>>>> Right click on desktop, click on "Arrange icons". There should be a
>>>> check beside "show desktop icons". Unccheck it. Is that what you did?
> > To hide desktop icons: set the following registry setting and reboot
> > (or log off / on) immediately afterward ;
> >
> [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
> > "HideIcons"=dword:00000001
> > That is to say; locate the above reg-key (within the square brackets)
> > and create a new "Dword" value under it, then give it the value "1".
> > Then reboot (or log off / on).
> > That should get rid [hide] your desktop icons.
> > To reverse (show desktop icons) ; locate the reg-key again and either
> > delete the value named "HideIcons" or re-set it's value to "0"
> > (zero).
> > Again, then reboot (or log off / on).
> > Cheers, Tim Meddick, Peckham, London. :-)
> I wrote a small Visual Basic program that leaves an icon in the system
> tray, when you click on it the visibility of the desktop icons toggles, so
> you can show/hide them with a click, and right clicking on it brings up a
> menu that lets you shutdown the computer with one click. I'll be happy to
> send it or the source code to anyone who wants it.
> Mike