Add and Remove Default Desktop Icons in Windows 7

As a new Windows 7 user you are probably wondering where My Computer or My Documents icons are. If you have been adventurous, you’ve probably discovered that they are tucked away in the Start Menu a couple of clicks away, but if you would like to place those icons on the Desktop where they can be accessed right away you’ll need to head on over to the personalization menu in Windows 7 and follow the instructions below.

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Note: I used Windows 7 Ultimate for this tutorial.


1. Right-click on the Desktop and A. click on Personalize from the menu.


2. When the Personalization window opens, click on the Change desktop icons link.


3. When the Desktop Icon Settings window opens, select the icons you wish to display on the desktop.

Desktop icons you can choose to display on the Desktop.

  • Computer
  • User’s Files
  • Network
  • Recycle Bin
  • Control Panel

A. Click OK when you are done.