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How to Show ‘My Computer’ or ‘This PC’ Icon in Windows 11

Overview – Show This PC in WIndows 11

The recycle bin acts as a temporary location for storing the deleted files in Windows. It appears that you were accustomed to using the “This PC” option till Windows 10, but this icon is disabled in your version of Windows 11.

By the end of this article, you will be able to add “This PC” icon on the desktop:

"This PC" icon in Windows 11
“This PC” icon

Step #1: Go to Windows Settings App using Start Menu.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step #2: Select the “Personalization” option from the left sidebar/navigation pane and select the “Themes” option.

select themes option from the personalization option from the left sidebar or navigation pane in windows settings app
Select “Themes” option from “Personalization” option from ” Left Navigation Pane”

Step #3: Select the “Desktop icon settings” option in the Themes Section under the Related Settings Section.

select desktop icon settings option under the related settings section in themes panel in windows settings
“Desktop Icon Settings” Option

Step #4: The “Desktop Icon Settings” panel will appear in form of a popup.

desktop icon settings panel in form of popup
Desktop Icon Settings Panel

Step #5: Check the “Computer” option and press the apply button.

check computer icon under desktop icons section and press the apply button
Check “Computer” icon and press “Apply” button

“This PC” or “My Computer” icon will be visible on the desktop again.

Step #1: Open any folder on your device.

open any folder
Open any Folder

Step #2: Press the restore (previously called maximize button) from the top-right corner.

adding shortcut of this pc icon on desktop in windows 11
“This PC’ icon on Left Navigation Pane

Step #3: You will see “This PC” option in the left sidebar. Single click on the option, hold it, and drag it to the desktop and leave it.

dragging the this pc icon from the left sidebar and dropping on the desktop to create shortcut
Click, Hold, and Drag the “This PC” Icon

“This PC” or “My Computer” shortcut icon will be visible on the desktop.

If you don’t know the difference between an icon and a shortcut, you can refer to the thread stating the Difference between Icon and Shortcut.

Step #1: Search for Control Panel in the Start Menu and press the enter key.

control panel icon in windows 11
Control Panel Icon

Step #2: On the top right corner of the windows, you will find the search bar. Search for “File Explorer Options”.

file explorer options in control panel in windows 11
Search for “File Explorer Options”

Step #3: The “File Explorer Options” panel will appear in form of a popup.

showing file explorer options panel in form of popup in windows 11
“File Explorer Options” Panel

Step #4: In the “General” tab, select the “Open File Explorer to This PC” option from the dropdown and press the apply button.

set the open file explorer option to this pc from the dropdown menu in file explorer options panel in control panel in windows 11
Open File Explorer Option: This PC

Step #5: Press “Windows button + E” Key Combination and “This PC” window will appear.

user interface of this pc app in windows 11
User Interface of “This PC” App in Windows 11

Note: If you don’t follow the steps above and press the “Windows Key + E” key combination, the File Explorer will open by default.

Next Steps

We’ve covered three methods to show This PC icon in Windows 11.

Microsoft has provided the flexibility to modify the User Interface (UI) depending on the user’s preferences. So, apart from the “This PC” icon, we can show and hide various other icons from the desktop.

Once the recycle bin is hidden from the desktop, it’ll keep functioning normally and keep storing the deleted files and occupying the hard drive storage.

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