If you search for the “My Computer” (or This PC) icon on the Windows 11 or existing Windows 10 desktop, you will probably not find it unless someone manually added it. It is one of the favorite and helpful icons for all Windows users.
Follow the steps below to show This PC icon on the 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 My Computer on desktop in Windows 11. Here’s how:
Windows 11 My Computer Icon
In Windows 11, the “My Computer” icon has been replaced with a new name, “This PC.” This change was made to provide a more user-friendly experience and align with the modern design of the operating system. Users can still access their files and drives by clicking on the “This PC” icon on the desktop or in the File Explorer.
How to Show This PC on Desktop – Windows 11/10
I’m demonstrating these steps from Windows 11, but these steps are 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, it 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 repeat these steps and uncheck the box next to “My Computer” to remove it.
Here is a short video of this method:
Add to Task Bar – This PC Windows 11
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 method below to pin the (This PC) icon to the start menu and list.
Also, the start menu was 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 it 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.
Where can I find the This PC icon settings in Windows 11/10?
You can find the This PC icon settings by right-clicking on the desktop, selecting “Personalize,” then “Themes,” and finally, “Desktop icon settings.”
Set File Explorer to open My Computer Windows 11 by Default
To set File Explorer to open to This PC by default, open File Explorer, go to the View tab, select Options, and under the General tab, choose “This PC” from the drop-down menu next to “Open File Explorer.
We hope this guide helps on how to add This PC to desktop and customize the Recycle Bin icons/Taskbar.