How to Enable the My Computer Icon on the Windows 7 Desktop

Return the My Computer Shortcut to Its Rightful Place

My Computer Icon Settings

If you are a Windows user that recently upgraded to Windows 7, one of the things you will probably notice is that there are several icons missing on the Desktop, this is especially true if you upgraded from an older version of Windows like XP.

Where's My Computer?

One of the icons you will probably miss most is the enduring My Computer icon/shortcut that has adorned the Windows desktop for many years.

A Brief History of the My Computer Icon

Beginning with XP, Microsoft decided to add a link to My Computer in the Start Menu which resulted in two shortcuts to My Computer, one from the Desktop and the other from the Start Menu.

In order to declutter the desktop, Microsoft opted to remove the My Computer icon from the Desktop starting with Vista. In Vista Microsoft also dropped the "My" from My Computer so that the shortcut to My Computer became Computer.

The shortcut is now tucked away in the Start Menu, but in this guide, I will show you how to bring it back in the open on your Desktop.

How to Show the Computer Icon on the Desktop in Windows 7

1. Right-click the Desktop and then click Personalize from the menu that appears.

2. When the Personalization Control Panel window appears, click the Change desktop icons link on the left pane.

The Desktop Icon Settings dialog box will open. The Desktop Icon Settings dialog box has only one tab, Desktop Icons.

In the Desktop Icons section, you will find a list of icons that are available for the Desktop. Most if not all of the icons should be unchecked, meaning that they are not displayed on the Windows Desktop. What we are doing here is checking the Computer icon so that it appears on the Desktop.

Note: If you find other icons on the list that you would like to see on the Desktop feel free to add them, it's your computer after all.

3. Click to add a check to Computer and click OK to save the changes and to close the dialog box.

When you return to the Desktop you will find the handy Computer icon in its place.