Show or hide common icons on the desktop

You can choose to display common Windows features on your desktop, such as Computer, Network, and Recycle Bin.

Watch this video to learn how to show or hide common icons on the desktop (1:12)

You can learn more about working with desktop icons and other Windows 7 desktop features in The desktop (overview).

To show or hide common desktop icons

  1. Open Personalization by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type personalization, and then click Personalization.

  2. In the left pane, click Change desktop icons.

  3. Under Desktop Icons, select the check box for each icon that you want to appear on the desktop. Clear the check box for icons that you don't want to appear, and then click OK.

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