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How to Put a Real Libraries Icon On Your Windows 7 Desktop

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We’re big fans of hidden registry hacks around here, so when our friend Justin showed how to put a real, working Libraries icon on the desktop, we figured it would make a perfect article for for a few extra geek points.

Yeah, you can always create a shortcut icon for anything on the desktop, but this one is the actual icon without the shortcut overlay. Plus it’s a geeky hidden trick—what’s not to like?

As mentioned, this article is courtesy of our geeky friend Justin, who figured out the registry hack.

Manual Registry Hack

Open up regedit.exe through the Start Menu search or run box, and then browse down to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\
CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

Once you’re there, create a new 32-bit DWORD value on the right-hand side, and give it the name {031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5} and the value of 0.

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You might not see it right away, but you can right-click on the desktop and choose Refresh to instantly have it show up.

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If you put this one side-by-side with a regular shortcut, you’ll see the difference.

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Yes, the one on the left is the registry hacked one

Downloadable Registry Hack

If you don’t feel like manually dealing with the registry hack, you can just download this one. There’s two files named appropriately—one adds the icon, the other one removes it.

Download Add Libraries Icon to Desktop Registry Hack

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  • Published 11/2/10

Comments (10)

  1. jon

    that wallpaper. where can i get it?

  2. Matt

    This is very handy. I need some help with Win 7. In the start menu, a user sees there name and it points to C:\Users\%username%. I want to point it to a mapped drive. I want this to be in effect for all users of the computer. How can I do this?

  3. Dwight Stegall

    You can also pin any folder or any file to the Windows 7 Taskbar.

    http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=1861991f22482421&hl=en

  4. Frenchesco

    You could also just create a folder on the desktop and rename it to: “Libraries.{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}” (without the quotes)

    This is similar to the God Mode trick:
    “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”

    Works with other things to like Control Panel etc…

  5. Justin

    I had used the “Libraries.{031E4825-7B94-4dc3-B131-E946B44C8DD5}” folder trick before I figured out this registry hack but it had a big problem, it didn’t sort with the special folder icons so when I did “Arrange Icons” on the desktop the Libraries icon was moved to the middle instead of staying at the top.

  6. bob

    why do those who write programs etc

    use names that make no sense???

  7. salman
  8. Meir

    I don’t like all those arrows on my desktop either. So I searched around on Internet and found a little program called FxVisor made by http://www.Frameworkx.com. It elliminates ALL arrows or allows you to downsize them, as you like. Also new shortcuts are cleared. Enyou a desktop with only clean icons!!

  9. chris

    Wallpaper – just sneeze on your scanner, add a piece of blue paper – scan.
    Voila

  10. Nehmo

    @ Bob, who said, “why do those who write programs etc
    use names that make no sense???”

    What are you referring to? “Regedit” is a portmanteau from registry and edit. “Google” is a term meaning very large number, 10^100, or 1 followed by one hundred zeros. But some names are just names, like Bob or Nehmo.

    ~~ Nehmo

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