I have about two dozen icons, folders and files on my Windows desktop which I access every now and then. Most of the time however I'm hiding the icons on the desktop. The reasons are mostly aesthetically. That, and the fact that I can open any program and file on the desktop from the system tray.
When I have to access the files on the desktop, I need to enable the show desktop icons by right-clicking on the desktop and selecting View > Show desktop icons.
Auto Hide Icons Free is a free Windows software that offers a different more comfortable solution. The portable application hides the icons on the desktop after a specific time has passed, and displays them whenever a left-click on the desktop is made by the user.
It is easier to display all icons on the desktop with the help of the program, and less tiresome to hide the icons again once they are not needed anymore.
The program options can be used to change the left-click functionality to display the icons to middle-click or right-click instead. It is also possible to change the time it takes before the icons are automatically hidden on the desktop. The default timeout has been set to five seconds. This can be increased to a maximum of 100 seconds and a minimum of three seconds.
Auto Hide Ions Free lists two additional options under Preferences. It is possible to hide the taskbar as well, but that feature does not appear to be that useful. All taskbar elements are hidden with the exception of the start orb button, but the area cannot be used by program windows.
Auto Hide Icons is a handy program for Windows users who have icons on their desktop but do not want to view them all the time. The downside to this is that a program is running in the background for the functionality.
The program language is set to German by default. Non-German speaking users need to click on the LNG link in the program preferences to change it to English, French, Portuguese or Russian. Users need to make sure to close the program by clicking on Esc and not the x in the program window.
Auto Hide Desktop Icons can be downloaded from the developer website. It is fully compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of all recent versions of the Windows operating system.
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