How to Restore Shortcuts to Desktop Icons

By Lysis

One common component of the Windows operating system is the desktop icons available for people to access things like the computer drives, recycle bin and network window. These icons can be hidden using the "Personalization" settings in Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows 7. Some people accidentally hide the desktop icons and need to replace them. Instead of creating new icons through the wizard, you can simply re-insert them using the personalization properties window.

Step 1

Click the Windows Start button, and select "Control Panel." In the window that opens, double-click the "Appearance and Personalization" icon.

Step 2

Click the "Personalization" link in the new window that opens. Click the "Change desktop icons" button.

Step 3

Check the box next to each desktop icon shortcut you want to restore. If you want to remove any icons, remove the check box next to the corresponding label.

Step 4

Click the "OK" button. Notice that your desktop now has the shortcut icons restored.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can add new desktop icons to your favorite folders and programs by using the wizard. Right-click the desktop, and select "New" and then "Shortcut." Follow the prompts to add an icon.