How to Show “This PC” icon on the Desktop in Windows 11/10

Windows 11 is Microsoft’s newest operating system that will be released this year. Windows 11 includes a number of new features, including updates to the start menu and taskbar, support for 3D printing, improved security with biometric sign-in options, and more.

If you’re looking for the “My Computer” (or This PC) icon on a current Windows 10 or recent Windows 11 desktop, you’ll almost certainly not find it unless someone put it there by hand. It’s a popular and helpful icon for Windows users.

Follow the instructions to display/show the missing “My Computer” (This PC) icon on a Windows 10/11 desktop. If you’re still using an operating system from Windows 8.1 or earlier, follow the same procedures.

How to Display This PC/My Computer on Windows 11 and 10

I’m using Windows 11 as an example, but the process is the same on Windows 10. (With a few minor changes in icons and appearance, it’s identical on both OSes.)

Right-click on the desktop’s empty space. Select ‘Personalize’ from the drop-down menu that appears.

Show This PC

It’ll open the Settings app in Windows 11 or 10.

Show This PC

Select ‘Themes’ from the Personalization, then choose ‘Desktop icon settings’ from the window.

Show This PC

You may use the classic control panel to modify the icon set in Windows 8.1.

Fortunately, the “Recycle Bin” is already selected if you can’t see it or it isn’t included in the Windows 10/11 desktop; the first thing you should do is check and enable it.

Now, check the Computer box to show This PC/My Computer on your Desktop. Then click OK.

The desktop will now have a ‘This PC’ or “My Computer” icon.

How to Pin This PC/My Computer to the Start Menu in Windows 11/10

The Start menu is back in Windows 10, as you know. My Computer icon is not present by default in the start menu. You may pin (This PC) icon to the start screen and list using the technique below.

The Windows 11 start menu has also been updated, and it’s far superior to previous versions of Windows.

After you’ve enabled it to appear on the desktop, right-click on the “This PC” icon. In Windows 11, choose Pin to Start.

Check the Start menu now

This PC in Start Menu

You may also add ‘Pin to Start list’ in Windows 10

When you click the Start button in Windows 10 and then select “Start List,” this is what happens.

How to hide all icons from the Windows 10/11 desktop

To cover up all icons from the desktop, right-click on the empty area of the desktop, then pick View and remove “Show Desktop Icons.”

FAQs

What is “This PC”

This PC is a common name for “My Computer” which is the icon that appears on the Desktop. This PC is the location that you will find your files in Windows 11. This PC contains files like My Pictures, Documents, Pictures, Videos, Downloads, Music and Desktop.

This PC is your entire computer, including all of the drives it contains. For most users, the C: drive is simply one of the drives on “This PC.” Many personal computers have a C: drive, a D: drive and a E: drive, but this is not always the case.

When will Microsoft release Windows 11?

On October 5, Windows 11 will be released to the public. For those Windows 10 devices that are eligible and pre-installed on new computers, a free upgrade to Windows 10 is available.

How to change your theme on Windows 11?

Here’s how to update your Windows 11 theme to a new one.

  1. Go to Settings (Windows key + I) on your computer.
  2. Select Personalization
  3. Click on Themes
  4. Customize your theme on Windows 11 now

Conclusion

This PC is the icon that appears on your desktop and allows you to view all of your files. This article was written as a guide for those who are looking for This PC/ My Computer but can’t find it anywhere. We provided some steps to show how This PC may be added back onto the Windows 10 or 11 desktop and pinned to either the start menu or start screen list in both OSes (Windows 11 and Windows 10).

You also learned about an option that would hide all icons from your computer’s desktop; this might come in handy if you’re working with clients remotely through Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, or another platform where they need visual access to what’s happening onscreen at any given time.

Thank you very much for your time. Hopefully, this information will be helpful in displaying My Computer and Recycle Bin icons on a Windows 10/11 Desktop start menu.

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