Missing desktop My Computer, Network, or My Documents icon

Updated: 01/05/2018 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 10

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

Note: If you do not see the Themes on the left-hand side of the window make sure the window resize the window to make sure it 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 check the Recycle Bin box to enable the Recycle Bin icon.

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 check the Recycle Bin box to enable the Recycle Bin icon.

Missing icons in Windows 8 and 8.1

  1. Right-click on the Desktop and click 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 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.