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How To Restore The Main Windows XP Desktop Icons

After a fresh install of Windows XP, it will display the new two column Start Menu layout. You can adjust this default layout and return back to the Classic View layout that you were more familiar with in earlier version of Windows. However, the main Desktop Icons such as My Computer, My Documents, My Network Places and Internet Explorer may or may not be present on the Windows Desktop. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to restore these main Windows XP Desktop Icons back to your Desktop.

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Restoring The Main Windows XP Icons Back To Your Desktop

  1. Go into your Control Panel by first clicking on the Start Button.
  2. Then click on the Control Panel icon located in the right column of the Start Menu.
  3. If your Start Menu is set to the Classic View, then begin by clicking on the Start Button.
  4. Then click on Settings, then click on the Control Panel icon to open up the Control Panel.
  5. Now double click on the Display icon to open up the Display Properties window.
  6. Then click on the Desktop tab located at the top of the Display Properties window.
  7. Now click on the Customize Desktop button located at the bottom of the screen.
  8. Under the Desktop icons section, place check marks by the four main Windows XP Desktop Icons.
  9. Then click on the OK button to have Windows XP apply and save your changes.
  10. And then click on the OK button to close the Display Properties window.
  11. The four main Windows XP Desktop Icons will now appear on the Desktop.
  12. Note: If the Desktop Icons are still not present, then right click directly on the Desktop.
  13. Then glide your mouse over the Arrange Icons By option and then click on Show Desktop Icons.

You Can Also Remove Desktop Icons By Reading: How To Remove Desktop Icons And Shortcuts

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