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#16 chrisj1968

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:00

In Windows 8, they REALLY don't want you to have a "Computer" icon on the taskbar. If you search for it, the only option they give you is to pin it to the start bar. If you tell it to "Show on the desktop", then right click it you only get the option to "Pin to start".

If you are like me and really miss an actual "Computer" button within reach of a single mouse click, here is how you create one.

1) Right click on the desktop and select new / shortcut
2) In the "Type the location of the item" box, enter the following

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /E,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

3) Press next.
4) For a name call it "Computer" (or what ever you want)
5) Click finish.

You should now have a homemade shortcut to computer on your desktop. This shortcut actually gives you the option when you right click it to "Pin to the taskbar".

I would recommend you go into the properties of the shortcut and change the icon to something else to your liking before you pin it. Once you get it pinned to the taskbar you can then delete the shortcut from the desktop.


I's like to note that the default icon is the same as the explorer icon so I forced myself to use a win95 era icon that was lying around my system for whatever reason.just so I knew it was my computer


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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:03

You can pick from a bunch of oldish icons by browsing to c:\windows\system32\shell32.dll from the Change Icon dialog.

#18 DKAngel

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:44

why not just pin it to the explorer folder and then rightclick on it?

#19 smooth_criminal1990

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 08:13

I think I've found another solution: Open a new Explorer window and drag "Computer" from the folders bar on the left to the desktop. It even lets you change icon :)

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 12:09

Alternatively, to just change where that shortcut opens: Hold down shift and right click on the explorer pinned to your taskbar. Choose properties Change Target to "%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /E,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}" Your way also seemed to create a duplicate instance in the taskbar which was kind of annoying.


This does not work for me at all, when I right click holding shift, I get no properties menu. I assume you mean the icon there by default?

#21 Mordkanin

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 17:16

This does not work for me at all, when I right click holding shift, I get no properties menu. I assume you mean the icon there by default?


You must not have any open explorer windows for the appropriate context menu to pop up.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 17:20

In Windows 8, they REALLY don't want you to have a "Computer" icon on the taskbar. If you search for it, the only option they give you is to pin it to the start bar. If you tell it to "Show on the desktop", then right click it you only get the option to "Pin to start".

If you are like me and really miss an actual "Computer" button within reach of a single mouse click, here is how you create one.

1) Right click on the desktop and select new / shortcut
2) In the "Type the location of the item" box, enter the following

%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /E,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

3) Press next.
4) For a name call it "Computer" (or what ever you want)
5) Click finish.

You should now have a homemade shortcut to computer on your desktop. This shortcut actually gives you the option when you right click it to "Pin to the taskbar".

I would recommend you go into the properties of the shortcut and change the icon to something else to your liking before you pin it. Once you get it pinned to the taskbar you can then delete the shortcut from the desktop.


It pins to the Explorer icon in Windows 7 and Windows 8. Not sure why you're making a fuss about it now.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 17:21

It pins to the Explorer icon in Windows 7 and Windows 8. Not sure why you're making a fuss about it now.


Because I want to go directly to computer. I don't want to do a second click.

#24 Vinny4

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:38

If anyone wants to find the exact "Computer" icon, when changing the icon browse to: %SystemRoot%\System32\imageres.dll

Thx for the tip.

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#25 BajiRav

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 05:57

/facepalm

Never mind, I misread. (should sleep now!)

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Posted 15 March 2013 - 06:31

Alternatively, to just change where that shortcut opens:

Hold down shift and right click on the explorer pinned to your taskbar.
Choose properties
Change Target to "%SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /E,::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}"

Your way also seemed to create a duplicate instance in the taskbar which was kind of annoying.


Oh. My. God....cannot believe I didn't know about this!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH SIR!!!!! You have no idea how helpful that is! 999,999,999 internets to you!!!!!! I'm drop dead serious bro! :pint: :pint: :pint: :pint: :pint: :pint: :pint: :pint: :pint: :pint: :pint: :pint:

Edit: Where's my manners? Thank you as well, warwagon! Man, you brought it up....so glad I clicked on your thread! Keep up the good work!! Much appreciated!



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