How to Show Macintosh HD on Desktop?

If your first computer was a PC, you probably were used to clicking My Computer or This PC to access everything. I know I was.

Once I switched to Mac, I always go to Macintosh HD first and pull out any file or folder there.

However, I remember clearly, the first time I got my Mac, the desktop is totally clean. There’s nothing there, not to mention the Macintosh HD.

In this post, I’m going to show you a few quick steps on how to get the Macintosh HD icon show up on the desktop. It’s actually very simple.

Let’s get started.

Step 1: On your Mac desktop, move your mouse cursor to the top left corner. Next to the Apple logo, click Finder and select Preferences.

Step 2: In the pop-up window Finder Preferences > General tab, right under Show these items on the desktop: you see the checkbox Hard disks. Yes, make sure you check it.

Step 3: Now take a look at the top right corner, see the Macintosh HD icon? There you go!

Similarly, if you don’t want the icon to show up. Simply go to the Finder > Preferences and uncheck the hard disks option. That’s it.

Happy reading.

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  • Ben Webb

    Thank you. I was spending ages, rewriting my question online to find this answer. So easy in the end. Why do Apple do this?

    • Jerry Romero

      Hi Ben,

      That’s a good question. I also don’t know why Apple does this. Maybe they just want to be different from Microsoft Windows?!

      Anyway, glad that you found the answer.