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Create Desktop Icon Settings Shortcut

On the Windows 10 platform, Inclusive of previous versions, the Desktop Icon Settings feature, allows you to add or remove a few native Icons from your PC's desktop. Such Icons are "This PC (Computer), User's Files, Network, Recycle Bin and Control Panel". These are not applied by default, but In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to create a Desktop Icon Settings shortcut, thereby you can access the feature with a click of the mouse.

Those who're unaware of what this actual setting Is, here's a visual of what to expect.

Microsoft has done a great job In making this somewhat difficult to locate. It's actually accessed by navigating to "Windows Settings > Personalization > Themes > Desktop Icon Settings". Wow, such a process! Well, I will simplify this by showing you how to create a shortcut on your computer's desktop, so without further delay, let's get this tutorial happening.

Step One:
Right-click on a blank area on your computer's desktop, and select "New > Shortcut" as Illustrated below.

Step Two:
Next, In the "Type the location of the Item" field, enter the following command:
%windir%\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0

Then click "Next" to continue.

Step Three:
Under "Type a name for this shortcut", do exactly that. For the purpose of this guide, I've entered "Desktop Settings". Click "Finish" to finalize the process.

Step Four:
And here's the result. As you can see, the Desktop Icon Settings shortcut, Is now located on the desktop.

Last Step:
I've now double-clicked the shortcut, and the Desktop Icon Settings feature has executed and Is ready to use.

Final Thoughts.
As mentioned at the start of this article, this Is a somewhat hidden feature and those who are completely unaware that It exists to begin with, will probably never find It. I don't know about you, but I prefer to simplify my computing experience as much as possible, and creating desktop shortcuts, Is certainly part of the equation.


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