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Windows 7: Desktop Icons - Add or Remove


Desktop Icons - Add or Remove

How to Add or Remove a Default Desktop Icon in Windows 7
Published by Brink
13 Dec 2008
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How to Add or Remove a Default Desktop Icon in Windows 7

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This will show you how to add or remove the default Computer, User's Files, Network, Recycle Bin, or Control Panel desktop icons in Windows 7.





OPTION ONE
Through Desktop Icon Settings in Personalization

NOTE: This will only add the desktop icon for the current user (you), and not all users.
1. Right click on a empty area of the desktop and click on Personalize. (See screenshot below)
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2. Click on the Change desktop icons link at the upper left corner. (See screenshot below)
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3. To Add a Default Desktop Icon
A) In the top pane, check the desktop icons that you want to add. (See screenshot below step 5)

B) Go to step 5.
4. To Remove a Default Desktop Icon
A) In the top pane, uncheck the desktop icons that you want to remove. (See screenshot below step 5)
5. Click on OK. (See screenshot below)
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6. Close the Personalization window. (See screenshot below step 2)



OPTION TWO
Using a REG File Download
1. To Add the "Computer" Desktop Icon for Current User Only
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Computer_Desktop_Icon.reg
download
2. To Add the "Computer" Desktop Icon for All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Computer_Desktop_Icon_All_Users.reg

download
3. To Remove the "Computer" Desktop Icon for All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Remove_Computer_Desktop_Icon.reg
download
4. To Add the "Users' Files" Desktop Icon for Current User Only
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Users_Files_Desktop_Icon.reg
download
5. To Add the "Users' Files" Desktop Icon for All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Users_Files_Desktop_Icon_All_Users.reg
download
6. To Remove the "Users' Files" Desktop Icon for All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Remove_Users_Files_Desktop_Icon.reg
download
7. To Add the "Network" Desktop Icon for Current User Only
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Network_Desktop_Icon.reg
download
8. To Add the "Network" Desktop Icon for All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Network_Desktop_Icon_All_Users.reg
download
9. To Remove the "Network" Desktop Icon for All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Remove_Network_Desktop_Icon.reg
download
10. To Add the "Recycle Bin" Desktop Icon for Current User Only
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Recycle_Bin_Desktop_Icon.reg
download
11. To Add the "Recycle Bin" Desktop Icon for All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Recycle_Bin_Desktop_Icon_All_Users.reg
download
12. To Remove the "Recycle Bin" Desktop Icon for All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Remove_Recycle_Bin_Desktop_Icon.reg
download
13. To Add the "Control Panel" Desktop Icon for Current User Only
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Control_Panel_Desktop_Icon.reg
download
14. To Add the "Control Panel" Desktop Icon for All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Add_Control_Panel_Desktop_Icon_All_Users.reg
download
15. To Remove the "Control Panel" Desktop Icon for All Users
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Remove_Control_Panel_Desktop_Icon.reg
download
16. Click on Save, and save the .reg file to the desktop.

17. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

18. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

19. Log off and log on, or restart the computer to apply.

20. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg files if you like.
That's it,
Shawn






18 Nov 2009   #1
BMN

Windows
 
 

THE LIBRARIES AND HOMEGROUP ARE NOT CHOICES IN "CHANGE ICONS".
COMPUTER,USER FILES,NETWORK,RECYCLE BIN AND CONTROL PANEL ARE THE ONLY ICONS THAT FOLDER HAS.
THERE'S NO OPTION ON RIGHT CLICK EITHER.
A REAL SOLUTION WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
THANKS.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Nov 2009   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello BMN,

The tutorial is only for the default desktop icons that Libraries and HomeGroup are not a part of since they are not default desktop icons. Perhaps these tutorials will help you instead.

Libraries Icon - Change Default Icon

and

HomeGroup Icon - Change Default Icon

Hope this helps,
Shawn
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Jul 2010   #3
ShirleyE

Windows7
 
 
Add or Remove Icons

Yes I have downloaded the zip files that create the icons for all users. They work great with exception of the add computer icon for all users.
That zip file only works with the current user. And it is the only zip file that
doesn't save with name of all user on the end.

Is there any chance of getting the one that works for all users?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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08 Jul 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Hello Shirley, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Sorry about that. The downloads have been fixed.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jul 2010   #5
ShirleyE

Windows7
 
 

Brink:

Thanks for the welcome. I download the add computer icon for all users and it worked. But now I need to remove the user files from the all users but the remove download only works with the current user. Can that also be fixed?

Thanks
Shirley
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jul 2010   #6
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

Shirley,

I double checked and the REG file to remove Computer for all users is correct. Did you log off and on, or restart the computer after merging the REG file to fully apply it?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jul 2010   #7
ShirleyE

Windows7
 
 

Brink:

Sorry to be confusing. I had also added the User File to the desktop for all users. And it is the remove user file for all users that didn't work. Only remove the User File off the desktop for the current logged in user.

Shirley
My System SpecsSystem Spec
13 Jul 2010   #8
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 10
 
 

No problem Shirley.

The Add "User Files" to all users Desktop download was incorrect. It had the "current user" instead. I went through all of the downloads to make sure that they were correct. Be sure to log off and on, or restart the computer after merging the REG file.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Dec 2010   #9
amir57

Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Brink u saved my life bro thanks a lot keep doing what ur good at don't stop
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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