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How Do I Fix The Nodesktop Regedit Policy?



This user guide describes some of the possible causes that might trigger regedit policy. Then it provides possible recovery methods that you can try to fix the problem.



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A. You can follow these steps to hide all icons including all shortcuts. This procedure does not stop it from working, but simply hides it from the desktop.

  1. Start Registry Editor (regedit.exe).
  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies Explorer.
  3. On the Edit menu, choose New, and then choose DWORD.
  4. Enter the name NoDesktop and press Enter.
  5. Double click New Value and set the value to 1. Click OK.
  6. Close the registry editor.
  7. Log out and back in for the changes to take effect.

You can also perform this procedure on a Group Policy Object (GPO) by selecting User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Desktop, and then selecting Hide All Desktop Icons.

Note that after you enable the Hide All Desktop Icons option, you cannot right-click the desktop to display the context menu.


This issue can occur for one of the following reasons:

  • Depending on your version of Outlook, the Outlook link is missing in the following location:

    Outlook 2013: C: ProgramData Microsoft Windows Start Menu Programs Microsoft Office 2013

    Outlook 2016, Outlook 2019, or Outlook for Office 365: C: ProgramData Microsoft Windows Start Menu Programs

    Desktop apps that send toast notifications must have a shortcut to the home screen or app view.

  • The Remove Shared Program Groups from Start Menu Option is enabled.

  • Change Method

    Use Group Policy to change the value of this entry. This entrycorresponds to the Hide all desktop icons (user) directive.Configuration Administrative Templates Desktop).


    Details of a specific groupThe policy settings can be found in the Group Policy Reference (Gp.chm) atWindows 2000 Resource Pack Supplemental CD

    For general information about Group Policy, seeGroup Policy in Windows 2000 Help

    Show table with policies related to themFor the corresponding registry entries, see the Group Policy Reference Tableand.