How to Create an Invisible Icon on Windows Desktop

There are some neat ways you can improvise on desktop shortcuts, and one way is to make them invisible. Invisible desktop shortcuts will operate in the same way as always; you just won’t see them.

We’ll take a Firefox shortcut as an example to explain how this works. By the end of this article, you should be able to perform this simple trick yourself.

First, right click on the shortcut and go to its properties. There you can change the icon to transparent. Sometimes, the transparent version of the icon is not included in the Shell32.dll library under System32 files, in which case you need to go on the internet and search for “anyfile.ico,” where “anyfile,” obviously, is the name of the icon you’re looking for, and you should find it very easily.

Once you choose your icon visibility, press “Apply.”

Next, you need to rename the shortcut. You’ll need non-breaking spaces (you can’t use normal ones), which you can get by turning on Num Lock, holding down the Alt key and pressing “0160.” Press “Enter” when you finish naming it.

Any version of Windows before XP also needs to have the arrow removed from the icon, which is only partly hidden at this point. Go to the registry editor by following the pathway “Start>Run>regedit.exe” and locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREClassesInkfile. Delete the IsShortcut parameter and restart your computer.

Now you should have your invisible icons. They have the same functions, but they clear up your desktop in case you wanted to actually see the entire picture you set as your background. It’s something fun, interesting and useful, but it could also be a security measure if you want to hide certain directories from other users. There are many ways you could benefit, and it’s a pretty simple task to perform.


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