Put XP Start menu icons on the Desktop

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

Want My Computer or My Docutments icons back on the desktop rather than on the Start menu? You can control whether they display using the Control Panel:
  • Double-click Display icon
  • On the Desktop tap:
  • Click Customize Desktop button
  • On the General tap, you can select to display on the Desktop one or more of the following:
    • My Documents
    • My Computer
    • My Network Places
    • Internet Explorer

You can also drag and drop icons from the Start menu to the Desktop. For My Pictures and My Music, a drap and drop will copy the entire folder. Drag and drop the other icons such as My Computer, My Documents, or My Network Places will place a shortcut to the folder on the desktop.

You can also:

  • Click Start
  • Right-click the My Computer icon (or other Start menu icon)
  • From the shortcut menu, select Show on Desktop

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