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How to show or hide Desktop Icons in Windows 8

Description: This article shows how to easily show or hide all icons on the desktop in Windows 8.

  1. Press the Windows key and the letter D on the keyboard to go to the desktop.
  2. Right-click on the desktop background and then select View from the pop-up menu.
    Windows 8 Desktop Properties, View
  3. Click on Show desktop icons to toggle between showing and hiding the icons. A check mark next to this option indicates that the icons are currently showing on the desktop. If there is no check mark, then the icons are hidden.
    Desktop Properties, View, Show Desktop Icons