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How to Add or Remove Desktop Icons in Windows 7?

By Codrut Nistor

Posted in How-to, Windows-7

By default every user profile in Windows 7 has only Recycle bin available on the desktop. As the time grows and the operating system gets mature the desktop gets populated with several shortcut icons of the installed software applications. Many users however find the ambiance uncomfortable when they do not find Computer and Documents icons on the desktop. When this is the case users can add the icons on the desktop on their own manually. You can add Windows 7 desktop icons by following the steps given below:

  1. Log on to the Windows 7 computer with the account for which you want to add desktop icons.
  2. On the desktop right-click anywhere and from the context menu click on Personalization.
  3. On the opened Window in the left pane click on Change desktop icons link.
  4. On Desktop Icon Settings box check the check boxes representing the desktop icons in order to configure Windows 7 to display them on the desktop and click on Ok button to apply the changes that you have made. Optionally you can click on Change Icon button to change the default icons on the desktop. However if you install any Windows 7 desktop theme on the computer these icons are changed automatically as an effect of the installed desktop theme.