Desktop icons are the most frequent items we touch with Windows 10. In the process of using desktop icons, you may also encounter some unsatisfactory. For example, when you want to hide the desktop icon to get a clean desktop, you find that the icon cannot be hidden; when you click the desktop icon to launch an application, you find that the software does not work; after starting the system, the desktop icon loads too slowly, as if it is a movie in slow motion. If these problems are not solved, it will affect the overall feeling of using the computer.
1. Desktop icons can not be hidden
Under normal circumstances, to hide the Windows 10 desktop icons, you can right-click in the desktop margin, select “View → Show Desktop Icons”, remove the check box of the “Show Desktop Icons” option to achieve (Figure 1).
If the above operation cannot hide the desktop icon, you can solve it by using Group Policy Editor. Run GPEDIT.MSC command after pressing Win+R key combination to start to Group Policy Editor. In the Group Policy Editor window, expand to “User Configuration → Administrative Templates → Desktop”, and in the right pane, find “Hide and disable all items on the desktop” and double-click it (Figure 2).
In the configuration window, select the Enabled option, which will remove desktop icons, shortcuts and other user-defined items. To display the desktop icons again, check the “Unconfigured” option in this configuration window, click the “Apply” button and OK (Figure 3).
Windows 10 Home Edition does not support Group Policy operations, please refer to the following article to open Group Policy: http://www.cfan.com.cn/2017/1205/129871.shtml
After the above operation is finished, restart your computer to see if the desktop icons are hidden.
2. desktop icons do not work
Desktop icons not working is a more common phenomenon. Click a desktop icon can not start the corresponding project, often due to file association problems. By default, File Explorer does not show the file extensions, but we can remove the “Advanced Settings” from the “View” tab of the “Folder Options” window. But we can remove the option to “Hide extensions of known file types” from the “View” tab of the “Folder Options” window, so that the extensions can become visible (Figure 4).
After the file extension is displayed, it is likely that the extension is removed or changed to an extension that is not recognized by the system during renaming due to improper user actions. In this case, when double-clicking the file again, it will not open normally, but a dialog box asking the system to open the program pops up (Figure 5). If you are not sure what software to use to open the file, you will have the problem of not being able to open it.
Improper shortcut file extensions can also cause desktop icons to not work. Right-click the desktop shortcut and select “Properties”, after entering the properties window, you will see that the file extension of each shortcut is .lnk, because “lnk” is the abbreviation of the word link, and the small letter l is very similar to the capital letter I, so Sometimes it is very likely that the shortcut extension is mistakenly written as Ink, which will also result in program association errors (Figure 6).
If a shortcut is associated with an incorrect program, simply paste the real path and program name of the program in the “Target” text box via the “Shortcut” tab of the Shortcut Properties window (Figure 7). The target path and program name can be copied from the address bar by finding the program in Explorer.
In addition to fixing associations manually, we can also use third-party tools to fix file associations automatically. For example, File Association Fixer software can automatically fix the problem of desktop icons not working properly. If you want to unassociate a file from a user program, you can use the Unassociate File Types Utility, select the file type, and click the Remove file association (User) button to unassociate it (Figure 8). The file association will then be restored to the system default state.
3. Desktop icons loading too slowly
If after upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10, the desktop icons load very slowly at startup, and you don’t want to reformat the partition and install Windows 10 freshly, you can try the following solutions.
The reasons for slow icon loading can be multiple. Corrupted user profiles can cause slow icon loading. To rule out this aspect, you can log on to the system as another user and see if the icons are slowing down. In addition, corrupted icon cache files can also cause slow loading of desktop icons. If the icons are still slow after upgrading and starting the system again, please try rebooting the system after manually clearing the thumbnail cache file to rebuild the icon cache file automatically.
If the above solution cannot solve the problem, try to boot the system via clean boot. If the desktop icons do not slow down with a clean boot, try releasing the user startup items one by one to find the program where the problem occurs.