How to Add Computer Icon to Windows 8 Start Menu, Desktop & Windows Explorer

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The predecessors of Windows 8 – XP, Vista and Windows 7 – made us accustomed to two things: The Start Menu and My Computer (Well, it came to be called as just ‘Computer’ in versions after XP but I am still kinda used to the older term). They were like the signature of Microsoft Windows and also probably the most frequently used buttons/options by a Windows user.

Now with Windows 8, Microsoft rolled the dice keeping in mind the new touch screen devices and thus both, the Start Menu and Computer aren’t there by default. I know it’s tough to let go. Every Windows 8 user seems to be whining about losing the Start Menu. Keeping that in mind, we took up how you can bring back the default Start Menu on Windows 8.

Today we are going to see how we can add the Computer shortcut to the Start Screen, Desktop and Explorer shortcut at the taskbar.

Adding Computer Icon to the Start Menu

To Computer to your Windows 8 start screen, open Windows Explorer and right-click on the Computer icon in the tree view at the left-sidebar and select Pin to Start from the context menu.

pin to start menu explorer

Alternatively, you can open the Start Screen and search for the word computer. Once the ‘Computer’ icon shows up, right-click on it and select Pin to Start from the options that are displayed at the bottom of the screen.

pin to start menu start sceen

The Computer tile will be created at the end of the Start Screen, but you can hold it and drag it wherever you want it to be.

Adding Computer Icon to the Desktop

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For those of you who prefer the Computer icon on your desktop for an easier access, right-click anywhere on your desktop and select personalize to open Windows Personalization.


Now click on Change desktop icons option on the left sidebar to change the settings of Windows icons on your desktop.

change desktop icons

Enable all the icons you want to show on your Windows 8 desktop and save the settings.

desktop icon settings

That’s all, the Computer icon will now be added to your desktop.

Another easy way to access Computer is to change the shortcut of the Windows Explorer default shortcut that opens the Windows Libraries. We have already discussed as to how you can change the shortcut of Explorer for Windows 7 and the same trick will work for Windows 8 as well.

So which one of the above tricks are you going to use to access your hard disk partitions easily? Do share with us if you have some additional tricks up your sleeves.

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  • Data Support

    So how do we place programs on the start menu?

  • Clifford Davis

    I have discovered that I can gain access to the folder “Start Menu Programs” and drag shorts and programs to that folder with ease. But…When I execute a windows application from the start menu and exit, control goes back to the desktop…should go back to the start menu.

  • G

    worked fine thx

  • Ankit

    thanks man….workin great.

  • Guest

    thanks you 100% working

  • ahad

    thank you 100 times work

  • kawaljeet

    thanks brother

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  • Шакарим Солтанаев

    Thx bro!

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  • NickMCBeast

    Thank You, Just upgraded to Windows 8!!

  • Microsoft User

    Thank You very much,simple explanations,meant thousand word,save my time very much on this problem.