How To Add Desktop Icons In Windows XP and Windows 7

Adding Desktop icons is not a tough task, but for beginners it may be embarrassing to get desktop icons back. Sometimes we delete icons from desktop un-intentionally and don’t know how to get the desktop icons back. Here is the way to get them back-

Let’s see the process for Windows XP and Windows 7 separately.

We are going to start with Windows 7:

Step 1

Right click on the blank space on desktop and choose “Personalize” from context menu for Windows 7. Make sure you clicked on blank space on your desktop otherwise you will get different context menu. Choose Personalize to go to Windows 7 Personalization.

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Step 2

In Windows 7 Personalization screen, click on “Change desktop icons” from left pane.

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Step 3

Choose the desktop icons you want to show on your desktop and press OK.

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Selected icons will be displayed on your Windows 7 desktop.

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Lets See the Process for Restoring desktop icons on Windows XP:

Step 1

Right-click on blank space on your Windows XP desktop. Make sure you clicked on blank space other wise you will get different context menu. From right-click context menu, choose Properties.

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Step 2

In Properties window, click on Desktop Tab if not selected already, and click on Customize Desktop button.

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Step 3

Now select the icons that you want to display on your Windows XP desktop and click OK.

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Go to your desktop and all your selected icons will show up there. Recycle Bin is already there by default.

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Displaying desktop icons is quite easy if you pay attention. The process for Windows XP and Windows 7 is a bit different. Hope you found this post useful. Have fun!

About Aslam Khan

Hi there, I am a blogger, engineer and a computer geek. I love kittens. I spend some of my time blogging besides full time job as Senior Windows Administrator. I like to learn new things.

2 comments

  1. I am new to computers, this post helped me a lot…

  2. It’s quite simple to add icons but for windows xp it is totally different from windows 7.

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