Here is a trick to amuse you O insignificant neophyte. If the path is broken, only the wise know whence to follow. If the door cannot be seen, and the gatekeeper cannot be found, only those with the key shall enter.
Thou abhorrest the sight of shortcuts and their gaudy signposts. So be it. Thou hast a memory, which is yours alone. Use it well to cast a cloak of invisibility over that which repels you, but beware, the memory also trickest those who rely most heavily upon it. Therefore, like the grand sages of old, document your actions to safeguard against your frailties.
That that you despise the most, you must obtain mastery over. Let us create a shortcut on your desktop that gives you mastery over the very depths of the great spirit of WinOS, CMD.EXE. We shalt then empower the shortcut to do all possible magicks to its limits, and then cloak it so that none but yourself know its whereabouts nor its power. Likewise, a similar cloak may be used to hide a folder on a path to your innermost secrets.
Cast the common charm right-click in a place where none exists on your desktop, and select the element new by pressing w. Type the incantation cmd and cast the spell of <enter> twice. (If you have shielded the view of desktop icons, thou must remove the charm right-click, v, up, <enter>, else enter the realm of your desktop using the path of the file explorer to witness your works.)
When you espy the cmd icon it hath a black likeness to the console of DOS, but there the likeness ends. The console of DOS requires the incantation command in its stead. The differences between them are both subtle and great. Perform again the charm right-click, up, <enter>, then <alt>+d, <spacebar>, <enter> to add the potency of an administrator to cmd.
To cloak the icon in invisibility, select <alt>+c, type imageres.dll, <enter>, <tab>, <tab>, <right>, <right>, <right>, <enter>. Create a shortcut key <alt>+k and here you must make your choice, but for arguments sake, press = to create the shortcut key <ctrl>+<alt>+=. Apply and save then close the properties window.
The icon is invisible, only the shortcut remains. Let it be.
Rename the file with an invisible name. This is often accomplished with the charm of <Alt>+0160 on the numerical keypad with the num lock on, but there are darker means to that end:
Having created the no-break space in lieu of a filename, an orphaned shortcut arrow sits on your desktop.
Your task, O green Tadpole, is to discover the means to remove that last remnant of tangibility from the desktop, and all other shortcuts, with the help of the great grand master Brink on the Sevenforums.
Perhaps later, a lesson in environmental control may be in order, but now I must attend the tea ceremony.