View Full Version : How do I add a Computer & Control Panel icon (shortcut) to desktop

03-01-2012, 01:45 PM
I'd like to add a shortcut for Computer and Control Panel to my desktop.

Does anyone know how to do this?

03-01-2012, 06:24 PM
You don't need to add Control Panel to your desktop, there is a hotkey for this: Win + C, or just move your mouse to right top of your screen under Windows 8 classic UI, and you will get it. (It is in "Settings", the last icon at the right sidebar)

To create a shortcut for Computer, just simply click your "Library", and click "Desktop" at the left sidebar, there will be "My Computer" in the list, and right click it, choose "Create Shortcut", and you will see there is a shortcut for "My Computer" on your desktop. that's the way so far as I know.

03-01-2012, 06:29 PM
Locate the item that you want to create a shortcut for. (For help with finding a file or folder, see Find a file or folder. For help with finding a program, see The Start menu (overview).)

Right-click the item, click Send To, and then click Desktop (create shortcut). The shortcut icon appears on your desktop.

03-02-2012, 04:03 AM
Where is the WIN key?
Where is the Windows 8 classic UI?
When I right click on Computer from the APPS screen I get Pin to Start, Manage, Properties.
I do not get Send To

03-10-2012, 12:32 AM
To get the Computer and Control Panel icons on your desktop: Go to the Windows 8 desktop by clicking the Desktop App on the Windows 8 Start Screen. Right-click on a blank area of your desktop and choose "Personalize" from the drop-down menu. On the left side of the new window, click "Change desktop icons". From the Desktop Icon Settings window, check the boxes for the shortcuts you want on your desktop. Simple!

03-22-2012, 04:58 PM
Right Click the Desktop and select Personalize. On the Window you will see a link for Change Desktop Icons:


Select which icons you wish to put on your desktop:


03-22-2012, 11:00 PM
As Ted says - no change from Windows 7. If you are in the Metro start, and cannot see the Desktop, press the Windows key and D together.

Sniffer. The "Win key" is a key on your keyboard, normally somewhere down bottom left. It has a MS Windows insignia on it.

03-23-2012, 10:58 PM
Win+X or Rt Clk bottom-left corner... it's on the menu


03-25-2012, 06:45 AM
What we are finding, just as in Win 7, there are multiple ways to accomplish almost anything in Win 8 CP as well.

03-25-2012, 11:08 AM
To get Computer simply hit Libraries folder on the Taskbar.


Type Computer (anywhere) on Start.


WinQ & type Computer