Is there a way to remove the desktop folder from the file explorer?
No. See SPR 224215.
whats spr 224215?
I forget what SPR stands for, but it is basically a bug report or enhancement request. If you log into the Customer Portal and go to the Knowledge Base, then search for 223215, you will find that it says "System Options->File Explorer should have options to hide show 'Recent Document', 'Desktop', 'Working Folder', and custom folder locations". If you click on "Yes, but notify me when this is fixed. (SPR only)", you will add your name to the list of people who would like to see it fixed, increasing the chances that it will get fixed.
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