How to Hide or Show My Documents Folder on Desktop

Is the My Documents folder missing from your desktop?  Would you like to remove the My Documents folder from your desktop?  This quick registry tweak for Windows XP based computers will allow you to do either.

Before making any attempt at editing your registry, you should create a back-up.  Having a back-up gives you the means to restore your original registry settings should any issue arise.

The procedure is quite simple to perform.  Simply follow the steps below.

1. Click Start.  Go to Run.  Enter regedit.

2. Click on the little cross on HKEY_CURRENT_USER and expand.

3. Next, go to the Software folder and expand.

4. Now look for the Microsoft folder.  When you find the folder, expand it.

5. Go to the Windows folder and expand.

6. Expanding the Microsoft folder will lead you to the CurrentVersion folder.

7. Next, go to the Explorer folder.  You will find this after you expand CurrentVersion.

8. Look for the folder CLSID.

9. Now click on {450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}.  Be careful.  It’s easy to overlook letters and numbers when they are as long as this.

10. Go to ShellFolder.  Check the right side pane of the box for Attributes.

11. Double click on Attributes and a small box will pop up.  The default value should be 0xf0400174.  To change the default, enter 0xf0500174.

12. Exit registry and reboot your computer.

Hope you like your desktop!