Enabling and disabling Windows Desktop cleanup

Updated: 05/27/2017 by Computer Hope

enable desktop cleanupMicrosoft Windows XP includes a new feature known as the Desktop cleanup that is intended to remove any icons from the desktop that have not been used for at least 60 days. Unfortunately, for users who commonly use their desktop, and like icons on their desktop can become annoyed with this feature.

To disable or enable this feature, right-click on the desktop and select Properties. Within the Display properties window, click the Desktop tab and then the Customize Desktop button. Within the Desktop Items window, uncheck Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard ever 60 days to disable this feature, or check this box to enable the feature.

Additional information

  • See our Desktop definition for further information and related links on this term.