Windows 10: Desktop Icons Have Disappeared Solved

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  1.    05 Aug 2015 #1

    Desktop Icons Have Disappeared


    Well, I did something, but cannot find out what it was I dis or how to rectify it. This AM 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. The normal app that controls the default icons does not have a hide/unhide, so I am at a loss. Suggestions as to where to look would be appreciated.
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  2.    05 Aug 2015 #2

    Added details


    For clarification, I would like to add that I did see the tutorial. In detail here is what I did:
    click the Window10 icon lower left orner. Selected desktop. On ths blank desktop (if that is where I am) per the tutorial, I right click on a blank area. NOTHING HAPPENS. I do not get any additional options. I am not at the desktop as I assume or there is something else I am missing.

    Edit: The registry entry per the tutorial HideIcons Dword is set to 0 (show them).

    Edit #2- disregard my postngs. I have concluded that something is overlaying on top of the desktop. I am just reinstalling the OS.
    Last edited by craigm; 05 Aug 2015 at 14:30.
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  3.    25 Aug 2015 #3

    hi fren . same happened with me .
    if any solution plz update me too .
    thnku
    Last edited by Brink; 25 Aug 2015 at 08:51. Reason: removed email address
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  4.    25 Aug 2015 #4

    Have you tried this? Right click anywhere on the desktop

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/6...dows-10-a.html

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    Last edited by Brink; 25 Aug 2015 at 08:51. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  5.    26 Aug 2015 #5

    Same


    Came in today and my icons are missing also on Windows 10, and yes, it is marked to view, desktop icons.
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  6.    26 Aug 2015 #6

    Found THEM!


    This happens if you have an additional monitor attached. Unplug the additional monitor and flip to 'tablet mode', then back, and they all came back even after i replugged in my second monitor.
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  7.    28 Aug 2015 #7

    Same problem with start menu showing all the time


    craigm said: View Post
    For clarification, I would like to add that I did see the tutorial. In detail here is what I did:
    click the Window10 icon lower left orner. Selected desktop. On ths blank desktop (if that is where I am) per the tutorial, I right click on a blank area. NOTHING HAPPENS. I do not get any additional options. I am not at the desktop as I assume or there is something else I am missing.

    Edit: The registry entry per the tutorial HideIcons Dword is set to 0 (show them).

    Edit #2- disregard my postngs. I have concluded that something is overlaying on top of the desktop. I am just reinstalling the OS.

    I had the same problem and spent many many hours trying to solve the issue without success. I finally had to reinstall windows 10. Mine had a slight twist where the start menu was on all the time even without me pressing the start button. By right clicking the start button, I clicked on desktop and got to desktop page but with no icons. Then when I press the start button, just before the menu comes up, I would see the icons for a split second. Also when I right click on desktop, nothing happened. Because of what couple others have said, I felt that there is a connection with the type of computer you have. I own a Dell 2 in 1 laptop where you can change from laptop mode to tablet mode. Sometimes depending on how I hold it watching a video in bed, it can go back and forth between tablet mode and laptop mode many times. I feel there may be a connection to that which caused the icons to disappear or as he said above, another screen overlaying the desktop. I hope this gives others some hints to fix this issue.
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  8.    28 Aug 2015 #8

    Maybe a solution


    Update to my previous post,

    While messing around settings, I duplicated my earlier predicament when I changed the tablet mode to make windows more touch friendly. I did this by going into settings, click system, click tablet mode, then turned on the button that said to make windows more touch friendly. So I went back and turned the button off and it seemed to fix the problem.

    If I am correct, that button does not make windows more touch friendly. I hope this works for rest of you.
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  9.    02 Sep 2015 #9

    Good News


    To the earlier poster who tried to open a "recent doc" in an application: The problem appears to be that Win10 has logged you on as a brand new user instead of as yourself. This means the file path to the doc will not exist under the new user profile, therefore you will get a message that the doc no longer exists. It does not mean that the doc no longer actually exists. In my case I found everything still existed under C:\Users\(MyNormalUserName)\Desktop\(FolderName)\(Filename.FileExtension). If you go to the file explorer and open the C Drive\Users in the menu on left hand side of window, you may find the missing docs and shortcuts. I was in for BIG luck as I was in a hurry and didn't have time to restore everything when this happened to me yesterday morning. Got up this morning logged on and whaddyaknow everything back to normal and I am signed on as me, with my usual desktop! Thank goodness I didn't do hours of unnecessary work reinstalling programmes and moving all my desktop folders and shortcuts - phew!
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  10.    11 Sep 2015 #10

    missing icons


    Are you using two screens? This morning after another Windows 10 update, my icons disappeared. I unplugged the second screen, and when I plugged it back in, there they were.
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