Question: I would like to hide some of the icons showing on my desk top (E-Bay icon) and make others appear there that dont (Mail icon). -- Jim
Answer: Hiding an individual icon (or several icons) in Windows XP starts by individually right clicking the icon(s) you want to hide as shown in the steps below.
1. Right + Click the icon you want to hide to bring up the folder's Properties panel.
2. Make sure the General tab is selected.
3. CheckHidden 4. Choose Apply.
This should bring up the following dialogue window:
"You have chosen to make the following attribute changes: Hide"
"Do you want to apply this change to the folder only, or do you want to apply it to all subfolders and files as well ?"
5. Choose either option that suits your needs for how to apply hidden attributes. Either option will not make other icons on your system hidden outside of this folder and/or its subfolders.
6. Choose Apply and when the window closes click on Okay if there is still the Properties window open underneath.
7. At this point you may still see your icon visible. Right + Click on your desktop in an open area and choose Refresh. This should ultimately hide the icon / folder.
Tip: If you wanted to hide a series of icons without having to right + click every single icon, try applying the steps shown here to the upper level directory/folder, and in step #5 choose the option to hide all subfolders. Of course this might require some rearranging or planning beforehand so that you don't accidentally hide a folder you didn't intend to. To reverse changes simply make your icons visible again.
Example: Changing Folder / Icon Attributes to "Hide"