If you want to simplify the display of icons on your Windows 7 desktop, you can “remove” the labels from desktop icons.
Before showing you how to remove the labels on your desktop icons, you should know that there are two kinds of desktop icons. There are the standard shortcut icons that you can create for programs you install, and there are desktop icons you can place on your desktop for common features like Computer and Recycle Bin. You can tell an icon is a shortcut if there is an arrow in the lower, left corner of the icon, as pictured below.
The method for removing the text from each of these types of icons is different.
Remove Text from a Desktop Icon
To remove the text from desktop icons such as Computer and Recycle Bin, right-click on the desktop icon and select Rename from the popup menu.
Press the space bar to type a space where the text was and press Enter.
The desktop icon now looks as if there is no text under it.
NOTE: You can add and remove desktop icons by right-clicking on the desktop, choosing Personalize from the popup menu, and clicking on the Change desktop icons link on the Personalization screen. The Desktop Icon Settings dialog box displays, allowing you to turn on and off the desired desktop icons.
Remove Text from a Shortcut
To remove text from a shortcut, right-click on the shortcut icon and select Rename from the popup menu.
This time, instead of typing a space, hold down the Alt key and type 255 on the numeric keypad. Press Enter.
For some shortcuts, you may see the File Access Denied dialog box display. If so, click Continue to finish renaming the shortcut.
The shortcut now appears to have no text under it.
NOTE: We recommend only removing text from desktop icons and shortcut icons if the icons are easily identified without text.
by Lori Kaufman