How To Hide All Desktop Icons in Windows XP
For whatever purpose you can hide all the icons on your desktop without having to delete them.
This is a very simple way to show you how to temporarily hide all desktop icons (including My Computer and Recycle Bin)
1. Right-click on your desktop.
2. Select Arrange Icons By.
3. You will see a Show Desktop Icons with a check on it; click that.
4. To return the appearance of your desktop items, repeat steps one through three.