How to Add or Change Desktop Icons in Windows 7

By default, Windows 7 doesn't display the "Computer" or "Network" icons on your desktop. However, you can modify your display settings to add these and other icons to your desktop. If desired, you can even customize your desktop icons.

Add a Desktop Icon

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Right-click on an empty area of your desktop and select "Personalize" from the drop-down list. The Personalization window appears.

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From the left pane, click on the "Change desktop icons" link. The Desktop Icon Settings window appears.

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Check the boxes next to the appropriate desktop icons that you want to add to the desktop. After making your selection, click the "OK" button. Your changes have been made.

Change the Desktop Icon

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Right-click on an empty area of your desktop and select "Personalize" from the drop-down list. The Personalization window appears.

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From the left pane, click on the "Change desktop icons" link. The Desktop Icon Settings window appears.

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Click on the icon that you want to change. Click the "Change Icon..." button. Select an icon from the list by moving the scroll bar horizontally or by browsing your computer. After clicking the desired icon, click "OK." The selected icon has been changed.