What I did was I hid my desktop icons so they are still saved in the desktop but not shown, then added my desktop as a toolbar folder.
When I put my mouse on the top of my screen:
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It's there, you're running Windows 98 so you might not see it. My menu:
Windows XP wrote:
Arrange in Groups
Align to Grid
Show Desktop Icons
Lock Web Items on Desktop
Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard
(Most options are disabled because I hide the desktop icons.)
To hide the icons and put them an an auto-hiding tray, uncheck "Show Desktop Icons".
Then, right-click the taskbar > "Toolbars" > check "Desktop".
Last, right-click some empty space on the new toolbar and check "Always on Top" and "Auto-Hide".