OL: How to Remove the Outlook Icon from Your Desktop

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Under certain circumstances, you may have to hide the Outlook 2002 icon from your desktop after installation. Follow these steps to hide the Outlook 2002 icon.

Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows

  1. Start Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe or Regedit.exe).
  2. Locate and then click the following key in the registry:
  3. Right-click the {00020D75-0000-0000-C000-000000000046} key, and then click Delete or Rename.
  4. Quit Registry Editor.
To see the changes take affect, you must refresh your desktop. To do this:
  1. Minimize all open windows.
  2. With the left mouse button, click your desktop.
  3. Press F5 to refresh your desktop.
NOTE: The Desktop icon is typically computer specific. If you create the HKEY_Current_User key, the icon on the desktop becomes user specific.


For additional information about how to restore the Outlook Desktop icon, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
238567 XCLN: How to Restore the Outlook Icon to the Desktop


Article ID: 321777 - Last Review: February 27, 2007 - Revision: 3.1
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