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Author Topic: How to hide icons / folders on Windows (invisible shortcuts)  (Read 12512 times)
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« on: April 06, 2007, 08:37:55 AM »

Perform following steps in order to make shortcut invisible on desktop:

Change icon to transparent

Right click on shortcut => choose Properties menu item => Shortcut tab => Change Icon button

Usually you can select transparent icon from shell32.dll, which is located in System32 folder.
Icon appears as blank space there. Alternatively you could search for "blank.ico" on the net.

Now icon is transparent, but icon text is still visible.

Hide icon text

Change icon text to blank space. Do so by pressing Alt (hold it) and type 0160 on the keypad (numbers the right side of the keyboard). Enter. Make sure Num Lock is on before typing numbers.

You should be all set on Windows XP.

Remove shortcut sign on Windows 2000/98

Older Windows versions may show shortcut sign on the shortcut, so need to remove it.

Open Windows registry (Start -> Run -> regedit.exe), select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\lnkfile and remove IsShortcut item.

You may need to restart Windows.

You can hide folders from other users in the similar way. Just assign folder a transparent icon, change name, and it will show up as blank space.

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