Missing desktop My Computer, Network, or My Documents icon

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
My Computer icons

After installing Windows, you may only see the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop. If you are missing the My Computer or This PC, My Network Places, or My Documents icons on the desktop, follow the steps below to enable them.

Note

As seen in the example picture to the right, the icon for My Computer has changed to "Computer" or "This PC," depending on your version of Windows.

Missing icons in Windows 10

  1. Right-click on the desktop.
  2. Click Personalize.
  3. Click Themes.
Note

If you do not see the Themes on the left side of the window, make sure the window resize the window is big enough to show all options. Otherwise, skip to the next suggestion.

  1. Scroll down and click Desktop icon settings under Related Settings.
  2. In the Desktop Icon Settings window, select the check boxes next to the icons you'd like displayed.

or

  1. Click Start or press the Windows key.
  2. Type Themes and press Enter or select Themes and related settings.
  3. Scroll down and click Desktop icon settings under Related Settings.
  4. In the Desktop Icon Settings window, select the check boxes next to the icons you'd like displayed.

Missing icons in Windows 8 and 8.1

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize.
  2. In the left navigation pane, click the Themes option.
  3. Scroll down to the Related Settings section and click Desktop icon settings.
  4. Select the check boxes next to the icons you'd like displayed.
  5. Click Apply, and then Ok.
Tip

"My Documents" is named User's Files and "My Network Places" is named Network.

Missing icons in Windows XP, Vista, and 7

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize.
  2. In the window that appears, select Change desktop icons from the menu on the left side.
  3. Under Desktop icons, select the check boxes next to the icons you'd like displayed.
  4. Click Apply, and then Ok.