Windows Questions and Answers - How to Restore Deleted Desktop Icons
Mike writes in with a Windows question
Question: I hit something on my pc and lost my icons on the left side of my screen. How do I get them back?
Answer: To get the standard icons like My Computer back you can right click the desktop and choose Properties. Then go to the Desktop tab and choose Customize Desktop and check the boxes under the Desktop icons that you want on your desktop. For other icons you will have to manually put them back. I would check the Recycle Bin first to see if you deleted them on accident. If so you can right click on each one and choose Restore.
To get program icons back on the desktop you can go to Start and Programs and then find the ones you want. Then right click the icon and choose Copy. Then go to your desktop and right click anywhere blank and choose Paste.