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Customizing the Desktop

You can set Group Policy settings to hide desktop icons. The policies listed in Table 8.1 are located in the Group Policy snap-in under Local Computer Policy\User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Desktop.

Table 8.1 Group Policy Settings That Can Affect Desktop Icons

Group Policy Setting

Description

Hide all icons on Desktop

Removes all menus, folders, and icons from the desktop.

Hide My Documents icon on desktop

Removes the My Documents icon from the desktop. Note: The My Documents folder cannot be deleted.
See also the Start and Programs Menus section later in this chapter for the Remove Documents menu from Start Menu Group Policy setting.

Hide My Network Places icon on desktop

Removes the My Network Places icon from the desktop.

Hide Internet Explorer icon on desktop

Removes the Internet Explorer icon from the desktop.

You can use Group Policy settings to determine the method Windows 2000 Professional uses to search for the target of a shortcut. The Group Policy settings listed in Table 8.2 are located in the Group Policy snap-in under Local Computer Policy\User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu & Taskbar.

Table 8.2 Group Policy Settings That Can Affect Shortcut Search Methods

Group Policy Setting

Description

Do not use the search-based method when resolving shell shortcuts

Prevents comprehensive search of NTFS partition to locate target file.

Do not use the tracking-based method when resolving shell shortcuts

Prevents system from using NTFS target file ID to search for files.

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