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Add, Remove, Show or Hide Desktop Icons in Windows 11 and 10

A desktop icon is a graphical representation of a program, file, or folder that can be accessed quickly. To show, hide, add, or remove desktop icons in Windows 10 and 11, follow the steps

Add or Remove Desktop Icons in Windows 11

Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize

Select personalize
Select personalize

On the Personalization window select Themes

Select themes under personalization
Select themes under personalization

Under related settings select Desktop icon settings

Select desktop icon settings
Select desktop icon settings

Now check or uncheck the icons that you want to show or hide on the desktop

Lastly, click Apply or Ok.

Check or uncheck the desktop icons to add or remove
Check or uncheck the desktop icons to add or remove

Show or Hide Desktop Icons in Windows 11

Right-click on the desktop

Hover over View

Check or uncheck Show desktop icons to show or hide desktop icons on the windows 11 desktop.

Show or hide desktop icons
Show or Hide Desktop icons

Add or Remove Desktop Icons in Windows 10

Right-click on the blank area of the desktop, to open the other options screen as shown in the picture below.

Then select Personalize, which is the last option (soon a window will open).

Personalize | How to Show or hide desktop icons
How to Show or Hide Desktop Icons in Windows 10 and 8

After that select Themes.

Then click “Desktop icon settings”, to get a desktop icon settings dialogue box.

Desktop Icons Settings
How to Add or Remove Desktop Icons in Windows 10 and 8

To change the appearance of the desktop icons, select one of the icons you want. For example, select “This PC”

Then click “Change Icon” to launch another “Change Icon” dialogue box as in the screenshot below.

Now select the related icon of the “This PC” as you selected to replace the icon in the above first dialogue box.

In the “Desktop Icons Settings” dialogue box, tick mark the icons you want to show on the desktop computer.

Lastly, click “OK” or Apply

Set as Desktop Icons on windows-10
How to Add or Remove Desktop Icons in Windows 10 and 8

These are how your icons appear on the desktop as given below.

Show or Hide Desktop Windows Icons
Set as Desktop Icons on windows 10

Show or Hide Desktop Icons in Windows 10 and 8

Right-click on the desktop

Hover over View

Then check or uncheck to show or hide desktop icons.

Show or hide desktop icons in Windows 10
Show or hide desktop icons in Windows 10

What is a Desktop Icon or PC Icon?

A desktop icon is also known as a PC Icon, Windows icon, or computer Icon. It is a graphical representation of a program, file, or folder that can be accessed quickly. Frequently used icons that can be accessed in the system are Control Panel and Recycle Bin.

What is the shortcut to insert an Icon in Windows Computers?

There are no such shortcuts to insert PC (Windows, or computer) icons.

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