A bunch of customization is possible on Windows 11/10 desktops. You can resize the desktop icons by pressing Ctrl + mouse wheel scrolling. There are also options on Windows 11/10 to hide all the desktop icons. By default, on Windows 11/10 desktop, the Recycle Bin icon remained missing and was added through the Personalization section.
Once you enter into your user account, the desktop comes first. We can launch almost all the programs/files/folders from the desktop without opening the respective programs/file locations. On the desktop, generally, you can find program shortcut icons, system icons (Recycle Bin and This PC), folder, and file icons.
AutoHideDesktopIcons for Windows 11/10
If you want more control over show/hide desktop icons, you can use a third-party freeware tool, AutoHideDesktopIcons. AutoHideDesktopIcons is not only free, but it is also a portable utility that automatically hides desktop icons when they are not in use. It also allows you to configure the time elapse after moving the mouse cursor away from the desktop or mouse idle time on the desktop before the program automatically hides all desktop icons.
Automatically hide desktop icons on Windows 11/10
- Click Left Mouse Button on the desktop
- Click Right Mouse Button on the desktop, or
- Click Mouse Middle Button on the desktop.
We can say, once you move the mouse cursor from the desktop to another window or taskbar area or when the mouse remains idle on the desktop for a specified time, the AutoHideDesktopIcons program automatically hides all the desktop icons. To make these icons visible, you can click the mouse’s left, right, or middle buttons on the desktop.
There is even an option to hide all the desktop icons permanently.
By clicking on the More options button, you can perform additional tweaking:-
- Hide via the middle mouse button.
- Make desktop icons visible by pressing Win + D keys combination.
- Show icons when the mouse moves across the desktop.
- Hide icons program start.
- Hide taskbar when icons hide.
If you like this portable application, you can configure it to start with Windows by checking Start with Windows option under Preferences. You can also check “Always start minimized (To Tray),” so it will sit on the system tray.
The AutoHideDesktopIcons freeware app is compatible with Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, and Windows 7, including 32-bit and 64-bit systems.
Download the AutoHideDesktopIcons freeware tool from this link.