Add Five Helpful Icons to Your Windows 8 Desktop - dummies

Add Five Helpful Icons to Your Windows 8 Desktop

By Andy Rathbone

When first opened, the Windows 8 desktop contains only three icons: the Recycle Bin lives in the top corner; the taskbar’s left corner offers File Explorer (for browsing your own files) and Internet Explorer (for browsing the world’s offerings on the web).

Everything else requires a trip to the Start screen. Until you follow these steps, that is:

1Right-click a blank portion of your desktop and choose Personalize.

The Personalization window appears.

2On the Personalization window’s left side, click the Change Desktop Icons link.

The Desktop Icon Settings window appears.

3Put a check mark in the top five boxes: Computer, User’s Files, Network, Recycle Bin, and Control Panel. Then click Apply.

Shortcuts for those five icons appear on your desktop for quick and easy access.

4Remove the check mark from the option labeled Allow Themes to Change Desktop Icons.

That ensures that those icons will stay put, even if you drape your desktop with a decorative theme.

After those icons appear on your desktop, feel free to drag and drop them any place you’d like. Chances are good that they’ll save you quite a few trips to the Start screen.

For more information about Windows 8 and its features, explore Windows 8 For Dummies, available online.