It appears that when browsing to the desktop via the 'Desktop' Quick Access link in File Explorer, you don't see icons like This PC, Recycle Bin, etc.
From reading another thread, I've learned that you'll only see those icons when browsing to shell:desktop.
I tried changing the 'location' property of the Quick Access 'Desktop' link to 'shell:desktop' but it rejected it with error:
"The specified path is invalid."
Anyone know of a way to create a shortcut in Windows 10 to "shell:" commands?