If you search for the “My Computer” (or This PC) icon on the latest Windows 11 or existing Windows 10 desktop, you will probably not find it except if someone manually added it. It is one of the favourite and helpful icons for all Windows users.
Follow the below steps to show My Computer on the desktop in Windows 11/10 desktop. The same steps apply to Windows 8.1/7 if you still use these old Operating Systems.
If you want quick and easy access to your computer’s files and folders, you can show the “My Computer” icon on your desktop in Windows 11. Here’s how:
Steps to Show My Computer on Desktop Windows 11/10
I’m demonstrating these steps from Windows 11, but these steps and identical on Windows 10 as well (except for slight changes in icons and appearance)
1) Right-click on the empty space on the desktop. Click on ‘Personalize’.
2) In Windows 11/10 will take you to the settings app.
Click ‘Themes’ in the Personalization settings and ‘Go to desktop icon settings’ shown below.
In Windows 8.1, you will get the classic control panel to customize the icon set.
Tick the ‘Computer’ to show it on the desktop. Luckily the ‘Recycle Bin’ is already ticked; if you can’t see the Recycle Bin or it is missing from the Windows 10/11 desktop, this is the first place you have to check and enable it.
3) The ‘This PC’ or ‘My Computer’ icon would appear on the desktop.
If you no longer want the “My Computer/This PC” icon to appear on your desktop, you can simply follow these steps again and uncheck the box next to “My Computer” to remove it.
Here is a short video of this method:
Pin This PC/My Computer to Start Menu in Windows 11/10
As you know, the start menu returned to Windows 10. The My Computer icon is not included in the start menu. You can follow the below method to pin it (This PC) icon to the start menu and list.
Also, the start menu got revamped in Windows 11, which looks great compared to earlier Microsoft Operating Systems.
4) Right-Click on the ‘This PC’ icon after you have enabled it to display on the desktop. Select Pin to Start in Windows 11.
You have an additional option to add ‘Pin to Start list’ in Windows 10.
So, this is what happens when you select ‘Start’ and ‘Start List’ in Windows 10.
If you want to hide all icons from the desktop in Windows 10/11, here is the way.
Right Click on the empty space on the desktop, select View, and remove ‘Show desktop icons’ to hide all icons from the desktop. You can enable back to show all icons on the desktop again.
Can I Rename ‘This PC’ to ‘My Computer?
Yes, you can rename This PC to My Computer in Windows 11 or 10.
Simply click on the icon and press F2 (the standard rename keyboard shortcut), or select the rename option from right-click menu.
Change the name to ‘My Computer’, so you will not miss the familiar name.
I hope this guide helps display the My Computer and Recycle Bin icons on Windows 11/10 Desktop and start list.