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Every one in a while, I get a notification asking me if I want to remove unused icons from the Windows XP desktop.

How can I turn off this notification forever?

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Pretty simple, just head over to the Display Properties -> Desktop -> Customize Desktop option and remove the checkbox.

I've written up a guide on how to do it: Stop the Annoying "There are unused icons on your desktop" Popup Balloon

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+1 For the shameless selfreference, but I would have linked your post if you hadn't ;-) – Ivo Flipse Jul 31 '09 at 18:29
Yeah, I'm not usually the type to link my own articles, but you might notice the link in the footer... we're all on the same team =) – The How-To Geek Jul 31 '09 at 19:02
Alternatively, use a non-medieval operating system. – Alistair Knock Jul 31 '09 at 19:10
P.S. It's for my work machine. No choice in OS there. – chris Jul 31 '09 at 20:37
@Alistair - suggesting that someone change OS isn't usually the answer. Most people have to work with Windows because it's their work machine, or the programs they have to use only run on Windows, or they're not as computer literate as you and don't want the perceived hassles of switching to Linux – ChrisF Aug 5 '09 at 13:04

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