Windows 10: Desktop Icons Have Disappeared Solved

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  1.    02 Dec 2016 #61

    YAY!!! you're the man/woman whatever the case may be. This worked for me. thank you!!!!
    computersarefun said: View Post
    My desktop icons disappeared today on my Windows 10. To get them back, I did the following:
    1. Right-click on an open area of the desktop
    2. Click View
    3. On mine, Show Desktop icons was already checked even though they were not appearing. Uncheck Show Desktop icons
    4. Repeat steps 1 and 2, and Check Show Desktop icons to put them back on.

    In other words, if you toggle the desktop icons off and then on again, it worked for me.
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  2.    03 Jan 2017 #62

    This isn't really the same issue but a long the same lines. Is there a way to stop hiding the desktop icons when "showing the desktop"? by either clicking the little button to the right of the date/time in the task bar or (my personal favorite) WIN+D

    I used to use WIN + D to show the desktop and access icons (short cuts to apps and/or files) on previous windows versions, now the icons also disappear (along with open apps) when pressing WIN + D.

    WIN + M is a possible alternative to minimize all windows, (and WIN + SHFT + M to restore) but less desirable to me. If you press WIN + M twice in a row, the WIN + SHFT + M no longer restores
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  3.    04 Jan 2017 #63

    guys go to the windows action center and check if your windows is on tablet mode, if so then disable it.
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  4.    14 Jan 2017 #64

    This is what worked for me immediately


    cyberspyder said: View Post
    YAY!!! you're the man/woman whatever the case may be. This worked for me. thank you!!!!
    A quick run down of my situation:
    I take my work laptop home with me everyday, which means I have to disconnect the two additional monitors I have at work. I've always had issues with icons moving around and completely rearranging themselves since I got Windows 10 and its usually when I'm connecting or disconnecting one of my monitors. The strange thing is that the icons vanished when I was at home and wasn't connecting or disconnecting anything to the laptop.

    Anyway, I tried toggling the desktop icons on and off several times and it didn't do anything for me. What did work was turning on the "auto arrange icons" feature. As soon as I clicked that the icons were back, not where they're supposed to be but they were back.


    Hope this helps someone
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    Windows 10 64bit
       28 Jan 2017 #65

    Thank you!


    I really appreciated it! It solved my problem.





    TheSmokey76 said: View Post
    Have you tried this? Right click anywhere on the desktop

    Desktop Icons - Hide or Show in Windows 10

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  6. Posts : 1
    Win10 Home 64bit
       1 Week Ago #66

    Win10 Icons missing (with file properties) but program still running


    I have had missing icons, but with the filename still there, since a Win10 upgrade in January 2017. Very frustrating, and finally solved by a reinstall of Win10. But now, after an unsolicited upgrade on 17 March 2017, the icons have gone again. Cannot get them back by the methods described here, but my 'settings', 'system', 'tablet mode', does NOT have a button that says 'to make windows more touch friendly.' Win10Home 64bit. Am I missing something?
    These Windows upgrades are extremely frustrating and time-consuming. I don't want to have to reinstall Win10, but am stuck at present.
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  7.    21 Hours Ago #67

    Issue: Desktop has no shortcuts or icons, Recycle Bin not excepted.

    Notes/Troubleshooting Steps:

    Nothing in Error Logs
    Tablet mode toggled off/on
    "Display Desktop Icons" toggled off/on
    Logged off/Logged on
    Rebooted

    Solution:
    Connect and disconnect HDMI.

    Possible alternative:
    As per quoted text, select "Auto Arrange Icons"

    As @flurib seemed to be about to say, I find that this is related to the device "believing" it is still connected to an external display. It may occur when the lid of a laptop is closed and a video output is unplugged, or when the computer is in a sleep state and a video output is unplugged. Plugging and unplugging my HDMI video output while the laptop lid was open affirmed this, as the icons reappeared as if an external display was connected and designated as the primary desktop.

    Alternative Solution Reference:

    flurib said: View Post
    A quick run down of my situation:
    I take my work laptop home with me everyday, which means I have to disconnect the two additional monitors I have at work. I've always had issues with icons moving around and completely rearranging themselves since I got Windows 10 and its usually when I'm connecting or disconnecting one of my monitors. The strange thing is that the icons vanished when I was at home and wasn't connecting or disconnecting anything to the laptop.

    Anyway, I tried toggling the desktop icons on and off several times and it didn't do anything for me. What did work was turning on the "auto arrange icons" feature. As soon as I clicked that the icons were back, not where they're supposed to be but they were back.


    Hope this helps someone
      My ComputerSystem Spec


 
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