Having the My Computer or This PC icon on the desktop in Windows 10 is a must-have shortcut icon specifically for beginners. While the advanced users can launch This PC using the combination of some key. So, in this feature, you’re going to learn how to add This PC to the desktop.
However, Windows 10 has changed the way certain features are evaluated and customized, with desktop icons being one such. Desktop icons have been easily customizable in Windows 8.1 and below using the personalize window, but in Windows 10 the feature has been moved to the Settings app and when you install a new Windows 10, system icons such as This PC (My Computer), Control Panel, Recycle Bin and others are disabled by default.
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This PC (My Computer or File Explorer)
This PC or File Explorer (previously known as My Computer. This PC window is the starting point for accessing any disk, folder and file on your PC. You can access the File Explorer window on this PC. This PC window displays local folders and various types of local, removable and network drives.
Drives and folders are marked with icons. To make it easier to recognize, each drive is assigned a drive name, denoted with parentheses and a colon like Local Disk (C:). The floppy is typically the A drive, the C drive is the hard disk (also known as the local one) and the DVD is the D drive. If additional drives are included on your PC, your PC will assign them letters in alphabetical order.
How to Add This PC (My Computer) to Desktop in Windows 10
Although This PC window can be launched quickly by pressing Windows + E keys together that I always prefer, but many users do not know about this keyboard shortcut or have issues using hotkeys. So, it’s better to have the This PC icon right on your desktop for easy access.
Follow the below steps to add This PC or My Computer icon to the desktop in Windows 10. Not only you can add This PC to the desktop but you can also add Recycle Bin, Control Panel, Network, and User’s Files icon as well.
Note: This PC, My Computer, and File Explorer are all the same.
Step 1. Right-click on your desktop and select Personalize.
Step 2. Click Theme from the pane on the left-hand side and select Desktop icon settings under the Related Settings on the right-hand side.
Step 3. Here, you will see Recycle Bin, Control Panel, Network, User’s Files, and Computer. Now, check the box next to Computer, click Apply, and click OK.
However, if you want to add the Recycle Bin, Control Panel, Network, and User’s Files icons to the desktop, just check the boxes next to each of them, click Apply and OK.
Step 4. Now, you should see This PC icon on your desktop.
Step 5. To rename This PC to My Computer, right-click on the This PC icon and select Rename.
Step 6. Type My Computer and hit enter.
That’s it. This is how you can add This PC to the desktop in Windows 10. My Computer, File Explorer, and This PC are all the same. You can also launch This PC by pressing Windows + E simultaneously. Having This PC icon on the desktop is very important because every now and then you need to access This PC or File Explorer to find your downloads and local storage files.