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 most GUI operating systems, including Microsoft Windows and Apple macOS X. 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 on the keyboard, and then typing in a new name.
How to arrange desktop icons
- Right-click anywhere on the desktop.
- In the drop-down menu that appears, select Sort by. You should see another menu appear to the right.
- Choose how you'd like the icons arranged, either by Name, Size, Item type or Date modified.