The display behavior for the My Documents icon on the desktop is controlled by the Attributes Value Name, a REG_DWORD data type, at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103\}\ShellFolder.

If the data value is hex 0xf0400174, the icon is displayed. If the data value is hex 0xf0500174, the icon is hidden.

To hide the My Documents icon

1. Copy / Paste the following to a HideMyDocs.reg file:

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\[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103\}\ShellFolder\]
"Attributes"=dword:f0500174

2. Merge the HideMyDocs.reg file with the registry or run regedit /s HideMyDocs.reg.

3. If you right-click a blank area of the desktop and press Refresh, the icon will disappear.

To unhide the My Documents icon

1. Copy / Paste the following to a ShowMyDocs.reg file:

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\[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\CLSID\\{450D8FBA-AD25-11D0-98A8-0800361B1103\}\ShellFolder\]
"Attributes"=dword:f0400174

2. Merge the ShowMyDocs.reg file with the registry or run regedit /s ShowMyDocs.reg.

3. If you right-click a blank area of the desktop and press Refresh, the icon will appear.