To clean up too many icons or to make a joke to a friend/colleague, it is possible in a few clicks to remove all the shortcuts found on the wallpaper of a Windows PC. This is not really a deletion but rather a masking of all the icons, which can be re-displayed in a few seconds.
Hide all Windows desktop shortcuts
On the screen image, right-click to choose View and Show desktop icons:
All icons for shortcuts, programs, and documents are gone. The desktop is empty but we can continue to access applications, games and documents via the Start menu.