The icons on the desktop give you quick access to shortcuts.
You can show them, or hide them if you prefer a clean desktop. You can also resize them.
Right-click the desktop, point to View, and then click Show Desktop Icons.
A check mark will appear, indicating that desktop icons are displayed on your desktop.
Right-click the desktop, point to View, and then click Show Desktop Icons to clear the check mark.
Hiding all of the icons on your desktop doesn't delete them, it just hides them until you choose to show them again.
Right-click the desktop, point to View, and then click Large Icons, Medium Icons, or Classic Icons. (Classic icons are the smallest size.)
You can also use the scroll wheel on your mouse to resize desktop icons. On the desktop, press and hold CTRL while you scroll the wheel to make icons larger or smaller.