The Public Desktop in Windows is hidden by default. This desktop is the best place to install shortcuts for sharing with multiple users on a computer. To unhide this folder, follow the steps below:


  1. Login to the computer as the administrator user.
  2. Browse with File Explorer to C:\Users\Public.
  3. You probably won’t see the Desktop folder. Open the View menu and check on Hidden items.
  4. A faded Desktop folder will appear. Right click on the folder and select Properties.
  5. Uncheck the Hidden box and press the OK button.
  6. A Confirm Attribute Changes dialog box will appear. Select “Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files” and press OK.
  7. The folder will now be public and any icons you place there will be visible for all users.
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