Hide Vista's Public Folder with HideDesktopIcons
Registry Tweak to Hide Vista's Public Folder
If you want to hide Vista's Public folder then there is a registry tweak to control its display on the desktop. Incidentally, exploring this setting will help you to understand how to configure the desktop to your liking.
Topics for Hide Vista's Public Folder
As the name suggests, the Public folder is for storing communal documents. Vista sometimes displays a shortcut on the desktop to the physical folder at C: \Users\Public.
The GUI way to control which icons appear on the
Vista desktop is by following this path:
Observe the menu bar at the bottom of the screenshot:
** HKLM is an abbreviation of HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, and HKCU is shorthand for HKEY_CURRENT_USER. These acronyms are so well-known that you can even use them in .reg files, Vista will understand and obey the registry instruction.
Creating a .Reg File
This page explains how to create, and then edit .reg files for your computer. As it's easy to import the contents of a .reg file into the registry, do take extra care with procedures. Example HideDesktopIcons .reg file.
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You can deal with the namespace icons such as My Computer, and the Recycle Bin via the Personalize menu. That leaves other shortcut icons which may clutter your desktop. Here is a registry tweak to remove all the other shortcuts from the Vista desktop.
Launch regedit and navigate to the following location:
you use the Classic Start Menu, you need to create the REG_DWORD in this key:
You can also hide all the desktop icons manually by right-clicking the Desktop, and uncheck Show Desktop Items.
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