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    Desktop Icons - Add or Remove

    Desktop Icons - Add or Remove

    How to Add or Remove a Default Desktop Icon in Windows 7
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    How to Add or Remove a Default Desktop Icon in Windows 7

       Information
    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)
    Desktop Icons - Add or Remove-right_click.jpg
    2. Click on the Change desktop icons link at the upper left corner. (See screenshot below)
    Desktop Icons - Add or Remove-personalization.jpg
    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)
    Desktop Icons - Add or Remove-add_or_remove.jpg
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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









  1. BMN
    Posts : 8
    Windows
       #1

    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.
    Last edited by Brink; 18 Nov 2009 at 01:56. Reason: removed title
      My Computer


  2. Posts : 71,720
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    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
    Last edited by Brink; 07 Jun 2011 at 12:16.
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 6
    Windows7
       #3

    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 Computer


  4. Posts : 71,720
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hello Shirley, and welcome to Seven Forums.

    Sorry about that. The downloads have been fixed. :)
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 6
    Windows7
       #5

    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 Computer


  6. Posts : 71,720
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    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 Computer


  7. Posts : 6
    Windows7
       #7

    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 Computer


  8. Posts : 71,720
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    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 Computer


  9. Posts : 48
    Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit
       #9

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


 
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