How to Hide Windows Spotlight 'Learn about this picture' Desktop Icon

Even though Windows 11 ships with a set of new wallpaper and themes, it still provides users an option to set wallpapers from the Bing search engine. Windows 11 build 22518 allows users to set Spotlight pictures as desktop background without installing any third-party app.

Before this build, the Spotlight pictures were only available on Windows 11’s lock screen. If you don’t know how to use the new wallpaper feature, you need to check out our guide on enabling Spotlight desktop backgrounds in Windows 11.

If you are already using Windows spotlight as desktop wallpaper, you might have noticed a new ‘Learn about this picture’ icon on your desktop. The new icon allows you to like/unlike the picture and switches to the next picture.

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Steps to Hide Windows Spotlight ‘Learn about this picture’ Desktop Icon in Windows 11

While the ‘Learn about this picture’ icon allows switching wallpapers, many don’t want to see it on their desktop screen. The problem is that you can’t delete it, and dragging and dropping the icon to the recycle bin does nothing.

Hence, if you want to remove or hide the ‘Learn about this picture’ icon from your desktop, you need to modify the Windows Registry. Below, we have shared a step-by-step guide on how to hide Windows Spotlight “Learn about this picture” desktop icon in Windows 11. Let’s check out.

1. First, click on the Windows 11 search and type in Registry. Next, open the Registry Editor from the list.

Registry Editor

2. On the Registry Editor, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel

You can copy and paste the path on the address bar of Registry Editor to find the folder.

3. Next, right-click on the NewStartPanel folder and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

New > DWORD (32-bit) Value

4. Name the newly created REG_DWORD key as {2cc5ca98-6485-489a-920e-b3e88a6ccce3}

Name the newly created REG_DWORD key

5. Now double click on the {2cc5ca98-6485-489a-920e-b3e88a6ccce3} and enter 1 on the Value data field. Once done, click on the Ok button.

enter 1 on the Value data field

That’s it! After making the Registry modification, restart your Windows 11 pc.

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So, that’s how you can hide Windows Spotlight’s ‘Learn about this picture’ desktop icon in Windows 11. After the restart, you won’t see the icon anymore, but the Windows Spotlight feature will still be active. If you need any more help, let us know in the comments.