How to remove icons from desktop without deleting associated files? This post from MiniTool Partition Wizard offers you the way. It also tells you how to recover the deleted files.

How to Remove Icons from Desktop

The icons on the desktop can be mainly divided into 3 types: system icons (This PC, My Computer, Recycle Bin, etc.), shortcuts of software, and icons of files and folders.

If there are too many icons on the desktop, the desktop will be messed up. Therefore, some people may want to remove icons or shortcuts from desktop.

How to remove shortcuts from desktop? Deleting desktop icons is very simple. You just need to right-click this icon and choose Delete from the context menu.

Changing Default Desktop, Taskbar, Folder Icons in Windows 10
Changing Default Desktop, Taskbar, Folder Icons in Windows 10

This post shows you how to change Windows 10 default icons, including desktop icons, shortcut icons, taskbar icons, and folder icons.

Read More

How to Remove Icons from Desktop Without Deleting Files

Most icons that appear on my desktop after I download new application files can be removed without uninstalling or deleting the associated files. But when I right-click on icons … there is no option to remove the icon, rather there is a prompt asking if I'm sure I want to move the file to the recycle bin.

How to remove desktop icons without deleting associated files? In general, deleting the system icons and software shortcuts won’t remove the associated files. Only if you delete the icons of a file or folder, the associated files will be deleted.

You think you just delete a shortcut but find that the associated .exe file is deleted. In most cases, the fact is that icon is not a shortcut, but an .exe file indeed.

How to distinguish between a shortcut and a .exe file? The way is as follows:

  1. Right-click a file and choose Properties from the context menu.
  2. If this icon is a .exe file, you will see the General tab directly. The Type of file will also tell you it is an Application (.exe).
  3. If this icon is a shortcut, you will see the Shortcut tab. Go to the General tab. The Type of file should be Shortcut (.lnk).
Properties of a file
If most desktop icons are files and they cannot be deleted, you can create a folder and then move them into this folder.
How to Change Desktop Icon Spacing in Windows 11 – 2 Methods
How to Change Desktop Icon Spacing in Windows 11 – 2 Methods

This post introduces how to change desktop icon spacing in Windows 11 and here are two methods. You can choose the one you prefer to have a try.

Read More

How to Recover Deleted Files

If you have deleted a file mistakenly, you can restore it from Recycle Bin. However, if you have emptied Recycle Bin, you can use MiniTool Partition Wizard to recover the deleted file. Here is the guide:

MiniTool Partition Wizard DemoClick to Download100%Clean & Safe

Step 1: Download, install, and launch MiniTool Partition Wizard. On its main interface, click Data Recovery on the tool bar.

It’s better that the software installation is not the C drive in case the files to be recovered are overwritten. 
click Data Recovery

Step 2: Select Desktop to scan for data.

scan Desktop

Step 3: Expand the Deleted Files folder to find the files you want to recover. Select the files and click Save. Then, select a safe place to recover these files.

recover files
Also Read:Why EXE File Gets Deleted Randomly? How to Stop the Deletion?

Bottom Line

MiniTool Partition Wizard is a functional tool. Data recovery is just one of its features. It can also recover partitions, migrate OS, and clone hard drives. If you have these needs, you can download it to have a try.

  • linkedin
  • reddit