How to make your hard drive icons show up in macOS Sierra

Apple apparently thinks that you’d prefer not to see the icons for your Mac’s built-in hard drive or those of any external drives on the desktop of macOS Sierra (or most of its predecessors). However, I want those icons on my desktop. Here’s how to make ‘em visible:

  • Click on the desktop.
  • Select Preferences under the Finder menu at the top left hand side of the screen.
  • There you’ll see a list of items on your desktop. Check the ones (hard disks, external disks; CDs, DVS, and iPods; connected services) you want to be visible.

Voila. Icons for those items now appear on your Mac’s screen.