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There has got to be an easier way.  I found references where others have looked for this here and there
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. 

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.

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.

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.
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Doesn't preserve position across resolution change though.
-hwtan (January 31, 2006, 11:00 PM)
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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
Change History

    Jul, 2015, Release version 5.0

        Changed - Fully support Windows 8.1
        Improved - Other minor improvements

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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.

The following values are applicable to Windows 8.1 (and probably Windows 10):

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

one click shortcut to enable all default windows desktop icons


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