Missing Desktop Network icon

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope

missing desktop iconNote: Although each of the versions of Microsoft Windows have a different name for the network icon, this document applies to the below missing icons.

  • Network Neighborhood
  • My Network Places
  • Dial-Up Networking

Restoring a missing Desktop network icon

  1. Right-click on the Desktop and click Properties.
  2. In the Display Properties window click the Desktop tab.
  3. Click the Customize Desktop button.
  4. Check the My Network Places check box and click Ok.


  1. Open TweakUI.
  2. In TweakUI open the Desktop tab category.
  3. Under Desktop, check the check box for the network icon you want to show on the Desktop.
  4. Once checked, close out of TweakUI and reboot the computer.

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