Missing Desktop My Computer, Network, or My Documents icon

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

My Computer iconsAfter installing Windows, you may only see the Recycling Bin icon on the Desktop. If you are missing the My Computer, 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 8 and 10

  1. Right-click on the Desktop and click Personalize.
  2. Click Themes
  3. Click Desktop Icon Settings
  4. Select the check boxes next to the icons you'd like displayed.
  5. Click Apply, and then Ok.

Missing icons in Windows XP, Vista, and 7

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