Setting to remove desktop icons

I’m helping out a friend (remotely) who has a ton of desktop files and she wants to keep them on the desktop, but hide all the clutter. Is there a setting we can turn on/off to accomplish this? I know there are apps that do this, but she’s a very basic user and downloading/installing an app is gonna be tricky.

She could use stacks. Right click on desktop and select Use Stacks.


right-click the desktop and using stacks (grouped by kind) will clean up the desktop considerably.

You can switch off disks etc in the preference pane of finder