Icon

Updated: 06/22/2018 by Computer Hope
Windows My Computer, Computer, and This PC

An icon is a small graphical representation of a program or file. When you double-click an icon, the associated file or program will be opened. For example, if you were to double-click on the My Computer icon, it would open Windows Explorer. Icons are a component of GUI operating systems, including Apple macOS X and Microsoft Windows. Icons help users quickly identify the type of file represented by the icon. The image to the right is an example of "My Computer" icons in different versions of Microsoft Windows.

Tip

Users can quickly rename any highlighted Windows icon by pressing the F2 key, typing in a new name, and then pressing Enter.

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