Rule number 927 of Microsoft – all desktop icons must have a name underneath. It’s true, Microsoft doesn’t allow you to leave the text field under an icon empty. So if you want a more minimalist look – well you’ll just have to want.
Or will you? In theory, removing the text label can’t be done, but over at Propellerhead, they have this little trick that replaces the text label with non-printing characters.
It’s all a matter of pressing the right keys in the right sequence – follow their simple steps and you’ll have that minimalist desktop, without those "stating the obvious" labels underneath.
Get the full details of how to do it, plus loads of other great tips, over at Propellerhead.