Top 5 Ways to Fix Windows 10 Desktop Icon Missing

/ Posted by Ruby Johnson to Windows 10 Tips

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“Desktop icons have disappeared on Windows 10. This morning when starting Windows 10 Home, I had no icons on the desktop. Using the file explorer>desktop, they are there, so i did not delete them. Somehow I have hidden them from view. How do I get my icons back on the desktop?”

Recently, some users have experienced desktop icons disappeared in windows 10 computer. It’s really annoying when you open the computer and found the desktop is blank. This problem occurs when you modified some settings accidently on your computer and can be fixed easily by changing the current settings.

Method 1: Check the Visibility of Desktop Icons

If all the icons are missing from desktop on Windows 10, you must have triggered an option to hide the icons. You can get them back by enabling this option.

  • Right click any empty space on the desktop and then move the mouse to “View”
  • You can see a list of options; click “Show desktop icons” to restore disappeared icons.
  • show desktop icons

Method 2: Create Files to Restore Missing Icons on Windows 10

Some users get the missing icons shown up after creating a file on the desktop; you can also try this by:
Right clicking on the empty desktop, choose “New” and create a random file.

create files

Method 3: Retrieve Desktop Icons by Disabling the Tablet Mode

Windows 10 brings tablet mode to fix all-or-nothing Start screen on Windows 8, this feature can also result in desktop icon invisible. Disable tablet mode will also be a choice to show desktop icons on Windows 10.

  • Go to “Settings” > “System” > “Tablet Mode”.
  • Find “Hide app icons on the taskbar in tablet mode” and “Automatically hide the taskbar in tablet mode”
  • Slide them both back to off settings and return to home screen to check the icons.
  • disable tablet mode

Method 4: Enable Desktop Icons Visibility

When the default desktop icons are not showing up on Windows 10, you can make them appear by the settings.

  • Type “settings” on the search box and then click on “Personalization”.
  • Select “Themes” in the Personalization windows and click “Desktop icon settings”.
  • desktop icon settings
  • Now all the desktop icons will be listed out; tick the box in the front of them and click “Apply”.
  • apply change

Method 5: Rebuild Icon Cache to Get Desktop Icons Back

If you still haven’t restored desktop icons back after trying all the methods mentioned above, the last chance is to rebuild icon cache to get the icons back to the primary screen.

  • Type “cmd” on the search box, right click “cmd” and select “Run as administrator”.
  • run cmd
  • Copy and paste the following commands, press “Enter” once finished.
  • taskkill /F /IM explorer.exe
    cd /d %userprofile%\AppData\Local
    attrib –h IconCache.db
    del IconCache.db
    start explorer.exe

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After reading this post, you must know how to restore missing desktop icons on windows 10. If you still have other similar questions like Windows 10 desktop icons moving, flashing or greyed out, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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