If you wish to remove some icons from the Windows NT 4.0 desktop but preseve the Shortcut keys that you have defined, perform the following tasks:
1. Right click on the Start button and choose explore.
2. Navigate to \Profiles\YourUserId\Start Menu\Programs\Startup and create a new folder (call it HotKey if you wish).
3. Cut the Desktop Shortcuts from \Profile\YourUserId\Desktop and paste them into the new folder (HotKey).
4. Logoff and logon.
Your Shortcut keys will still function but your desktop will be less cluttered.