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    Create This PC Shortcut in Windows 10

    How to Create a This PC Shortcut in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    22 Dec 2019
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    How to Create a This PC Shortcut in Windows 10


    My Computer was changed to This PC in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1. You would open File Explorer to view This PC.

    In Windows 10, File Explorer now opens to Quick access by default instead of This PC.

    This tutorial will show you how to create or download a This PC shortcut that you can use anywhere in Windows 10.


    Contents




    EXAMPLE: This PC
    Create This PC Shortcut in Windows 10-this_pc.jpg





    OPTION ONE

    To Download a "This PC" Shortcut


    1 Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .zip file below.

    This_PC_shortcut.zip


    Download

    2 Save the .zip file to your desktop.

    3 Unblock the .zip file..

    4 Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the shortcut to your desktop.

    5 You can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.

    6 When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    To Manually Create a "This PC" Shortcut


    1 Right click or press and hold on an empty area on your desktop, and click/tap on New and Shortcut.

    2 Copy and paste either location below into the location area, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    %windir%\explorer.exe "

    OR

    %WinDir%\explorer.exe /e,::{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d}

    OR

    explorer.exe shell:::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}

    Create This PC Shortcut in Windows 10-shortcut-1.png

    3 Type This PC for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)

    You could name this shortcut anything you would like though.

    Create This PC Shortcut in Windows 10-shortcut-2.png

    4 Right click or press and hold on the new This PC shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

    5 Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, then click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

    Create This PC Shortcut in Windows 10-shortcut-3.jpg

    6 In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

    %windir%\System32\imageres.dll

    Create This PC Shortcut in Windows 10-shortcut-4.jpg

    7 Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)

    You could use any icon that you would like instead though.


    8 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)

    9 You can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use.


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 6
    Arch Linux/Windows 10 10.0.x RTM
       #1

    The Start menu already HAS "This PC" shortcut.
    You need no create the additional one unless you want to pin it to taskbar instead of the "default" one.
      My Computer

  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 49,762
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 20161
    Thread Starter
       #2

    That's one of the points of this shortcut.
      My Computers

  3. topgundcp's Avatar
    Posts : 2,618
    MintMate19x64 Win10Prox64
       #3

    Not really sure why we need a tut for this ?

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      My Computer

  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 49,762
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 20161
    Thread Starter
       #4

    The shortcut in this tutorial will have all the items available in it's context menu unlike that one. For example, "Pin to taskbar". Right click on it and see.
      My Computers

  5. topgundcp's Avatar
    Posts : 2,618
    MintMate19x64 Win10Prox64
       #5

    Well, the shortcut in your ZIP file does not default to "This PC" but open "This PC->Documents" and when you pin to takbar, it will do the same.
      My Computer

  6. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 49,762
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 20161
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thank you. Fixed now. :)
      My Computers


  7. Edwin's Avatar
    Posts : 15,634
    Windows 10
       #7

    The 'Drag and Drop' method is fine if you just want to pin the shortcut to the Taskbar; Shawn's tutorial method is necessary if you want to keep the shortcut, with the proper shell attributes in the right click context menu, on the Desktop.

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      My Computer


  8. Posts : 54
    Windows 8.1 & TP 9926
       #8

    Thanks for tutorial worked perfectly

    However some mentonned that This PC short cut is in Start Menu, but I dont have it (build 9860) I see

    Documents
    Pictures
    PC settings
    File Explorer (which bring to Home)

    How become you guys have This PC by default in Start Menu?

    Also anyone found a way to make icons and text bigger in start Menu as i ave Full HD screen and the text and icons are so tiny
      My Computer

  9. Edwin's Avatar
    Posts : 15,634
    Windows 10
       #9

    netuser said:
    Thanks for tutorial worked perfectly

    However some mentonned that This PC short cut is in Start Menu, but I dont have it (build 9860) I see

    Documents
    Pictures
    PC settings
    File Explorer (which bring to Home)

    How become you guys have This PC by default in Start Menu?

    Also anyone found a way to make icons and text bigger in start Menu as i ave Full HD screen and the text and icons are so tiny
    'This PC' may or may not be pinned to the Start List by default but you could fetch it from the 'All Apps' sub menu►'Windows System' folder, (Shift/right click-'Pin to Start List'), or 'Taskbar Properties'►'Start Menu' tab►'Customize'.
    (again, it's not the "shell" shortcut Mr. Brink refers to in the tutorial)

    To make icons and text bigger might depend on your resolution but it would be a combination of your DPI scale and choosing a larger immersive scale for the Start Menu in PC Settings►PC and devices►Display►More Options-Larger(or Default).
      My Computer


 

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