1. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       3 Weeks Ago #1

    Desktop icons do not work

    When I click on my desktop icons I get a small square window (by the icon) that I can click and put a check mark in. It does not open the program. In order for me to open program/icon I have to right click the icon and select open from the drop down menu. I can click icons in the lower taskbar and they'll open programs but I'm puzzled on what I've done here.

    Using Windows 10 64 bit OS.

    Help and suggestions are appreciated. What do I need to do to allow me to double click icons in the desktop and open programs?

    Thank you
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  2. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,215
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       3 Weeks Ago #2

    Hi, I understand that associations for .lnk (shortcuts) may be broken.

    You might try
    Default File Type Associations - Restore in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    Option 2 and find 'lnk'
    Download and merge the reg file.
    Make sure you follow the instructions under Option 2.

    Otherwise if the problem has occurred recently you may have a system restore point you could use.

    Note: we strongly recommend using disk imaging routinely so you can easily restore your system to a previous working state e.g. Macrium Reflect (free) + its boot medium + external image storage.
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  3. Joined : Oct 2013
    A Finnish ex-pat in Germany
    Posts : 9,082
    Windows 10 Pro
       3 Weeks Ago #3

    Underachiever said: View Post
    When I click on my desktop icons I get a small square window (by the icon) that I can click and put a check mark in. It does not open the program.
    A single click does exactly that, selects a desktop icon or shortcut. To open a program from desktop icon you need to double click it.
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