How to Hide or Show the Internet Explorer Desktop Icon

Would you like to show the Internet Explorer icon on your desktop?  Windows XP based computers do not show the IE icon on the desktop by default.  If you would like to have the IE icon on your desktop, this easy registry tweak will show you how.

To begin the procedure, create a back-up of your registry.  This will allow you to revert to your original settings in case issues arise.

The following steps show the rest of the procedure.

1. Click Start.  Then go to Run.  Type in regedit and press Enter.

2. Locate the HKEY_CURRENT_USER folder on the left side of your registry.  Expand the folder.

3. Look for the Software folder.  Expand the Software folder.

4. You should be able to find the Microsoft folder.

5.  Once you’ve found it, expand it to get to the Windows folder.

6. Now look for the CurrentVersion folder and go to Policies.

7. Go to the Explorer folder under Policies.

8.  Look at the right hand side of the box.  Check and see if NoInternetIcon is there.  If NoInternetIcon is not there, you will have to create the value.  Simply follow the instructions in Step 8a before proceeding to step number nine.


– Right click on the right side pane of the box.  Select New and then DWORD.

– New String Value #1 will come up.  Rename the value to NoInternetIcon by right clicking on the new String Value and selecting Rename.

9. Double click on NoInternetIcon.  A new box will pop up.

10.  You can set the value to 0 which is the default, or you can set the value to 1 to enable the icon on the desktop.

11.  Exit your registry and reboot.

You can now choose whether or not to show the IE icon on your desktop.

However, if you would rather not edit your registry, an alternate method does exist.

Right click anywhere on your desktop.  Select Properties.  Then go to the Desktop tab.  Click on Customize Desktop followed by the General tab.  Check, or uncheck, Internet Explorer in the Desktop Icons section.

Both methods are quick and simple, so the choice is yours as to which method you use.