How to Restore My Computer Icon

by Darla Ferrara
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The My Computer short cut allows a user to view the contents of her computer one file at a time. It is the gateway to your disk drives and storage areas. In the newer systems, such as Vista or Windows 7, this same process is “Computer.” To make the desktop region more user-friendly, Microsoft provides icons. An icon is a small pictogram that indicates the role of a short cut. When an icon goes missing from your desktop, it can be confusing. Retrieving the missing My Computer icon takes a few straightforward clicks of your mouse.

Windows XP

1

Right-click on a blank area of your desktop; this will bring up a menu next to your cursor.

2

Select “Properties” from the menu.

3

Click on the “Desktop” tab at the top of the Properties window.

4

Select “Customize desktop.”

5

Choose the “General” tab at the top of the window. This brings up a list of icons that you want to place on your desktop. Click on the “My Computer” icon to select it.

6

Click “OK;” the icon should now appear on your desktop.

Vista or Windows 7

1

Right-click on an empty space on your desktop; this will open a menu next to your cursor.

2

Select “Personalize” from the menu.

3

Click on “Change Desktop Icons” located on the left-hand side.

4

Select “Computer” by clicking on the check box. This will enable the short cut icon on your desktop.

5

Click on the “Apply” button and then “OK.” The icon should be back on your desktop.

About the Author

Writing since 1999, Darla Ferrara is an award-winning author who specializes in health, diet, fitness and computer technology. She has been published in "Mezzo Magazine" and Diet Spotlight, as well as various online magazines. Ferrara studied biology and emergency medical technology at the University of Nebraska and Southeast Community College.

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