In earlier Windows versions, the Desktop had important icons enabled by default - This PC, Network, Control Panel, the User files folder were all visible by default. However, in modern Windows versions, Microsoft made most of these icons hidden. In Windows 10, only the Recycle Bin is present on the Desktop by default. Also, the Windows 10 Start Menu does not have links to these icons either. Let's create a special shortcut to open Desktop Icon Settings and add the classic icons back to the Desktop.
In Windows 10, Microsoft removed the classic Personalize item from the Desktop context menu. Once you click "Personalize", it will open the Settings app where you may be lost finding the Desktop icons link. To save your time, you might want to create a special shortcut to open the Desktop icon settings quickly. Here is how.
To create Desktop Icon Settings shortcut in Windows 10, do the following.
Right click the empty space on your Desktop. Select New - Shortcut in the context menu (see the screenshot).
In the shortcut target box, type or copy-paste the following:
rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,0
Type Desktop Icon Settings for the name. Actually, you can use any name you want. Click on the Finish button when done.
Right click on the shortcut you created, and select Properties in the context menu.
On the Shortcut tab, click on the Change Icon button.
Specify a new icon from the %SystemRoot%\System32\desk.cpl file. See the following screenshot:
Click on the OK button to close the shortcut properties dialog window.
Now, you can move this shortcut to any convenient location, pin it to taskbar or to Start, add to All apps or add to Quick Launch (see how to enable Quick Launch). You can also assign a global hotkey to your shortcut.
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