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Question Title How do I add or remove icons from my desktop?

To add the My Computer, My Documents, My Network Places, or Internet Explorer icons onto your desktop:

      1. Right-click on empty space on the desktop and select Properties from the menu that appears.
      2. Click on the Desktop tab.
      3. Click on the Customize Desktop button.
      4. In the General tab, check the box(es) for the icons you wish to appear on your desktop and then click OK.
      5. Click OK again to close the Display Properties window. The chosen icons should appear on the desktop.

To add a program icon (a shortcut to a program) onto the desktop:

    1. Go to the Start All ProgramsStart > menu and find the program you wish to add to your desktop.
    2. Right-click on the name of the program and select
    3. Send To: Desktop (create shortcut). The icon for the program that you have chosen will appear on your desktop. Send To: >
To remove any icon from your desktop:

      Click and drag the icon into the
        Recycle Bin
      1. . Right-click on the Recycle Bin and select
      2. Empty Recycle Bin
      3. . Click
      4. Yes
      5. to confirm.
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Created: 2008-01-26 8:15 PM
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