Windows 7: My Network Places and Desktop Icons are Missing

   Posted June 16, 2010 by David Kirk in Windows 7

Windows has never handled the viewing and browsing of networks very well. Just when people got used to the XP style, Windows 7 changes things up again. These hints will help with the new “My Network Places” functionality. This tutorial will also show how to create icons pointing toward your network.

I have had several people ask me what happened to “My Network Places” in Windows 7. The functionality is still there, but it’s just been tweaked.

To Create a Shortcut to a Specific Folder on the Network:

1. Click Computer
2. Right-click on a blank area on the right side of the screen
3. From the context menu select Add a Network Location

window 7 add a network location

4. The Add Location network wizard will begin.
5. The new link will show up in the Computer folder under Network Locations when you are done..

Create a Shortcut to Your Network

1. Right-click on your taskbar
2. Click Properties
3. Click Start Menu tab
4. Click Customize button
5. Scroll down and click Network
6. Click OK

A network shortcut will now appear in your start menu. You can drag this icon onto your desktop if you want a network icon on your desktop as well.


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • Mosesb

    Thanks, your expertise is much appreciated.

  • Kim

    Thank you. This was very helpful.

  • Mel

    i reformat my pc, this network icon bug me for not being in the desktop, lol, above procedure was helpful, thanks so much c”,)

  • chris

    Perfect, exactly what I needed

  • chris

    Perfect, exactly what I needed, thanks!!

  • Sebastian. A. Nduye.

    it help me to share files with other computers connected to the internet more easly

  • Gary

    Thanks..that was quick.

  • Peter Baron

    I’m rather late to the Win 7 party, so I’ve just spent three weeks trying to find “My Network Places”. How foolish of me not to realise that the obvious place for Microsoft to put it was under Computer instead of Networks.

    I’m not the only one though -lots of other forums completely missed the point on this one.