Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview – Placing Icons on Desktop

Desktop icons are the small symbols that are displayed on the desktop screens of the computers, and are placed there either automatically or manually. Desktop icons are graphical symbols that represent applications that are installed on the computers, and sometimes they also represent an installable executable file. In either case, desktop icons help users identify applications without going through their labels (names of the applications), which have comparatively smaller font size and are hard to read.

Moreover, desktop icons also provide easy access to the desired applications as users need not to follow the entire path to the shortcut of the installed programs, which are mostly located somewhere deep inside the nested folders in the Start menu. Desktop icons that represent installed applications or that are created manually have a small arrow at the bottom left corner of the symbols, whereas there are some desktop icons that do not have arrows. These desktop icons mostly represent important locations on the computers (for example Control Panel). Such icons can be placed on the desktop screens with the help of a built-in interface that allows users to check the checkboxes in order to place their respective icons on the desktops.

Desktop Icons and New User Interfaces

Especially in Microsoft Windows, as soon as a new operating system is released, majority of users around the globe rush for it. However after they have downloaded/purchased the OS and have installed it on their computers, most of the times they get stuck in the middle of nowhere. This happens when the new release of the operating system has modified interface. Same is the case with Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview operating system that has entirely a different interface and it is sufficient enough to confuse most users.

An example of modified interface in Microsoft Windows 8 Release Preview is, it does not have Start button at the bottom left corner of the desktop screen, as earlier operating systems had. It has a Metro UI Start window instead. In Metro UI Start window multiple icons are displayed, and in case users want to use any application or want to go to any particular location in their computers, they need to click on the respective icons that represent the desired application or a location. An example to this can be the ‘Desktop’ icon that is available on the Metro UI Start window and users must click on it if they want to go to the desktop screens.

Placing Icons on the Desktop Screens

In order to place icons on the desktop screens, users must follow the steps given as below:

  1. Log onto Windows 8 Release Preview computer.
  2. On the displayed Start window, click to select Desktop icon to go to the desktop screen.
  3. On the desktop screen, right click anywhere and from the displayed context menu, click Personalize.
  4. From the window that appears next, click Change desktop icons from the left bar.
  5. On the Desktop Icon Settings box, under Desktop icons section check the checkboxes that represent the icons that are to be placed on the desktop screen.
  6. Once done, click OK button to save the changes and close all the opened windows to make the desktop screen visible in order to view the added desktop icons.
Author: Vivek Nayyar

Works as Systems Admin in Siskin Technologies, India. Corporate trainer on Microsoft and Cisco platform. Specialized in Virtualization Technology. LAN Consultant for some local organizations.