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Windows 8

Toggle Computer, Control Panel, Files, Network, Recycle Bin on Desktop

SUMMARY: Show or hide a variety of icons on the Windows 8 Desktop: Computer, Control Panel, Files, Network, and/or the Recycle Bin.

By default, the Windows 8 Desktop is fairly sparse, only showing an icon for the Recycle Bin so you can quickly view deleted files that have not been completely removed from the system.

While you can access your Computer, Control Panel, the network, and your user files via the Explorer icon in the Taskbar, you might find it more useful to have Desktop icons that you can double-click for instant access to these locations.

1. Right-click an empty area of the Desktop, selecting "Personalize".

2. When the "Personalization" dialog appears, click "Change desktop icons".

3. The "Desktop Icon Settings" dialog appears. Underneath "Desktop Icons", check or uncheck "Computer", "User's Files", "Network", "Recycle Bin", and/or "Control Panel" as desired.

Toggling viewing icons on the Windows 8 Desktop

4. Click "OK" to close the "Desktop Icons Settings" dialog box, then click the "X" at the top-right of the "Personalization" dialog box to close it.

This tip is geared toward Windows 8 with a keyboard and mouse interface.

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