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Customizing the Desktop

Because more and more people are using the Internet, Windows allows you to view web content on your desktop as you would in a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, a program specifically designed to view web content on the Internet. Web items are elements you can place on the desktop to access or display information from the Internet. For example, you can add a web item to display stock prices or weather information continuously. When you place Web items on the desktop, they are active, which means the web content is updated as the content changes while you're connected to the Internet. In addition, you can also customize the desktop to show or hide the familiar icons My Documents, My Computer, My Network Places, or Internet Explorer.

Display or Hide Desktop Icons

Right-click a blank area on the desktop, and then click Properties.

Click the Desktop tab.

Click Customize Desktop.

On the General tab, select or clear the check boxes to show or hide desktop icons.

To change the appearance of an icon, select the icon, click Change Icon, select an icon, and then click OK.

Click OK.

Click OK.


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