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Published on 08.27.07 by Brent Trahan

Show or Hide Windows Vista Desktop Icons

Learn how to show or hide the Computer (same as My Computer), Recycle Bin, User’s Files (same as My Documents), Control Panel, and Network icons on Windows Vista’s desktop.

Show / Hide Desktop Icons

  1. Right-click an empty space on your desktop and then select Personalize.
  2. Click Change desktop icons in the upper left corner of the Personalization window.
  3. Check the icons you want to show and uncheck icons you don’t want to show on your desktop under Desktop icons.


    The names of the icons have changed a little since previous versions of Windows so I’ll list a few of them with a description of what each is.

  • Computer: Same as My Computer
  • User’s Files: Same as My Documents
  • Network: Same as Network Places

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  1. Ffoeg says:

    User’s Files is not the same as Documents. It’s your user profile/home folder and it’s got hidden files in it that you shouldn’t be messing with. If your system is configured to show hidden files, it makes that folder a very bad place to be sending all your stuff. I want to make the Documents folder show up on the desktop instead and I don’t mean a shortcut. Most people probably won’t know the difference between these either. If anyone knows or feels like spamming, please send an email to [email protected] so I can get this sorted or mark you as a spammer. Thanks.

  2. krysjez says:

    I agree wkth Ffoeg.

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