How to Show Desktop Icons in Windows 11?

Before we get into hiding regular files and folders on the desktop, it’s worth noting that Windows 11 includes a dedicated panel that lets you hide and unhide system icons such as your user folder, This PC, Recycle Bin, and Network.

Add My PC and other icons on Windows 11 homescreen

Your desktop icons may be hidden. To view them, right-click (or press and hold) the desktop, select View, and select Show desktop icons. To add icons to your desktop such as This PC, Recycle Bin and more:

Select Start  > Settings  > Personalization > Themes > Desktop icon settings.

Under Desktop Icons, check the boxes next to the icons you would like to have appeared on your desktop.


  • Select Apply and OK.

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