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Published on 05.20.09 by Brent Trahan

Hide the Internet Explorer Icon on the Desktop

Learn how to remove the Internet Explorer (IE) icon from the desktop in Windows 7.

Removes the Internet Explorer icon from the desktop and from the Quick Launch bar on the taskbar.

This setting does not prevent the user from starting Internet Explorer by using other methods.

Hide the IE Icon on the Desktop

  1. Type gpedit.msc in the Start menu’s search box and then press Enter.

    Note: This guide shows you how to make changes to Windows 7 using Group Policy. Group Policy is not available in Home versions of Windows 7.

  2. Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, and then select Desktop in the left column of the Group Policy editor.

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  3. Double-click Hide Internet Explorer icon on desktop in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor.
  4. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes.

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