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Author Topic: one click shortcut to enable all default windows desktop icons  (Read 1146 times)

questorfla

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one click shortcut to enable all default windows desktop icons
« on: October 17, 2015, 05:50:23 PM »
There has got to be an easier way.  I found references where others have looked for this here and there
    www.msfn.org/board/topic/53212-commandline-for-show-desktop-icons/
but no one has a reasonable solution.  If done as it should be, a right click on desktop choose personalize then desktop icons or in windows 10 under themes. 
The defaults now are ONLY for recycle bin.  I cant find a winkey-plus etc. or anything else short of writing a code to change registry values in Shell and supposedly this requires a reboot while dong it the "normal way" while it does take maybe 5 or so clicks and such you finally get there with no reboot.

Seems there would be some other app out there that can control this with less activity. 

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Re: one click shortcut to enable all default windows desktop icons
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2015, 06:30:15 PM »
You can hide and show all icons with a double-click on the desktop with Fences. If you look around the internet, you can also find the old free version, which does the same thing.

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Re: one click shortcut to enable all default windows desktop icons
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2015, 07:13:21 PM »
thanks an I may have to with that.  In my job I have to reload systems all the time and the default now is a clean desktop,  Only the recycle bin was left.
It took me a while to figure out what they did with everything
The only ones I really need are the default 5 or 6 for what I have to do
The rest is up to the users.
For  while I thought MS had done away with My PC etc. but there are just no longer enabled by default.

The link I posted has a discussion abut it and I THINK what I am going to have to do is take a system, turn them all on, then save each registry entry that has to be changed to enable them

That I could put into a single script and just run it, one click.

Speaking of FENCES, though, that brings back another thing I have been looking for a way to do which is to "pin" an icon to a specific spot on the desktop and keep it there.  Just One Icon, not a "corral full".   But Fences must use something similar to do what they do with groups of icons

Hmm I just tried where the forum said but not there.  However, I did find a ton of stuff that might come in handy in a nearby key
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop
If anything THIS is where I will fin my icons but better yet, it seems to be the place for all kinds of things I would like to be able to preset.  Background. default fonts, etc.

« Last Edit: October 17, 2015, 07:20:10 PM by questorfla, Reason: updated info »

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Re: one click shortcut to enable all default windows desktop icons
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2015, 03:04:41 AM »
notice that this program is from year two thousand and six (2006!):
it was fine back then, but for several years it has not been tested again:

Here's a tiny program to temporarily toggle on/off the display of the desktop icons.
Extract it and create a shortcut to it. You can then assign a shortcut key to the program to do what you want.

Doesn't preserve position across resolution change though.

Or you can try the new Desktop Icon Toy version 5. I have not yet heard if it will do the job on Win 10:

Desktop Icon Toy - Save Desktop Icon Position, Lock Desktop Icon


Desktop Icon Toy - History
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Change History

    Jul, 2015, Release version 5.0

        Changed - Fully support Windows 8.1
        Improved - Other minor improvements


I used to #Looooove#  :-* this program, because I had a forest of icons on my desktop. But now I have none, so Desktop Icon Toy is no longer of any use to me. He bothered to write a version for 8.1, so maybe he will also upgrade it to version 10 - or maybe it is already working with Win 10? I don't know.


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Re: one click shortcut to enable all default windows desktop icons
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2015, 06:09:58 AM »
The following values are applicable to Windows 8.1 (and probably Windows 10):

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  1. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
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  3. [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel]
  4. "{F02C1A0D-BE21-4350-88B0-7367FC96EF3C}"=dword:00000001   # Network icon
  5. "{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}"=dword:00000001   # Libraries
  6. "{5399E694-6CE5-4D6C-8FCE-1D8870FDCBA0}"=dword:00000001   # Control Panel
  7. "{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"=dword:00000001   # This PC
  8. "{59031a47-3f72-44a7-89c5-5595fe6b30ee}"=dword:00000001   # User folder

A value of 1 hides the icon, a value of 0 displays it, refresh the Desktop after changing the values.

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Re: one click shortcut to enable all default windows desktop icons
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2015, 05:38:51 PM »
Alright 4wd.  I KNEW you would find them but i still dont know how you found them
I looked (I thought) through every key in the registry. 
As you mentioned it might not work on Windows 10 but I will find out.  I do know that a lot of the registry is not the same in 8.1 as 10 but don;t know why.
I have run some other registry edit for Windows that worked on 8.1 but failed on 10.
Hopefully this will do the magic.

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Re: one click shortcut to enable all default windows desktop icons
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2015, 07:19:59 PM »
... i still dont know how you found them

FYI:

Google Search

Result

A search through the registry for NewStartPanel provided the rest.

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