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Remove My Documents from the Desktop (All Windows) Popular

This setting is used to remove the My Documents folder from the Windows desktop.

This tweak can be easily applied using WinGuides Tweak Manager.
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Open your registry and find the key below for your OS version.

Windows 95, 98 and Me
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\CLSID\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}\ShellFolder]

Windows NT, 2000 and XP
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}\ShellFolder]

Modify the value called "Attributes" and set it to either "0xf0500174" to hide or "0xf0400174" to display My Documents.

Click on a blank area of desktop and press F5 to refresh for the change to take effect.

Note: This tweak can also by used on a system wide basis by entering the same values under the [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE] hive.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|AttributesREG_DWORD0xf0500174 (4031775092)|
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|HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\...|
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Registry Settings
User Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
CLSID\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103}\ShellFolder]
Value Name: Attributes
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0xf0500174 = Hidden, 0xf0400174 = Default)

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Last modified: December 14, 2001