How to change desktop icons on Windows

In this tutorial, we will see the steps for changing the desktop icons in Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. You can use this feature to hide or unhide desktop icons in Windows.

And in this demo, we will try to change the icon associated with Recycle bin.

Step 1: Navigate to Windows 8 or Windows 7 desktop, right click and select Personalise from the menu list.

Personalize option in Windows

Step 2: In the Personalisation Window, click the Change desktop icons available on the left hand side.

Change desktop icons in Windows 8

Step 3: If you want to change the Recycle Bin (empty) icon then select image and click the Change Icon option.

Desktop Icon Settings in Windows 7

Step 4: Now choose an icon for the Recycle Bin (empty) option and click OK button. You can also choose custom designed icon using the Browse button.

Browse icon for Desktop in Windows

Desktop icon settings in Windows 7

Step 5: Click Ok button in Desktop Icon Settings screen to confirm and save the changes.


How to unhide desktop icons

If you are finding your desktop empty and don’t see any desktop icons or shortcuts then probably you can try the below mentioned options.

Right click on the Desktop, then navigate to View menu and select Show Desktop Icons from the submenu list.

Unhide desktop icons in Windows

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In Category: Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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