Explorer not showing Desktop icons?

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  1. Posts : 531
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H2
       #1

    Explorer not showing Desktop icons?


    Hey all,

    I noticed that when opening Desktop in Windows Explorer, it doesn't show any of the icons of This PC, My Documents, Network and Recycle Bin. I have enabled these icons to be shown on the Desktop through the "Desktop Icons Settings" option. However, Explorer ignores them and only shows icons that are manually put on the Desktop.

    Is this "by design"? Any fix for this?
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  2. Posts : 61,562
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #2

    Hello Johnny,

    Which desktop location are you opening?

    If from "C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop" or Desktop folder in This PC/Quick access, it won't show them.

    If from shell:desktop, it will.

    If you have "Show all folders" for navigation pane, and click on Desktop, it will.

    Hope this helps. :)
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  3. Posts : 531
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Brink said:
    Hello Johnny,

    Which desktop location are you opening?

    If from "C:\Users\(user-name)\Desktop" or Desktop folder in This PC/Quick access, it won't show them.

    If from shell:desktop, it will.

    If you have "Show all folders" for navigation pane, and click on Desktop, it will.

    Hope this helps. :)
    Hey Brink!

    Typing shell:desktop indeed shows the icons. I tried changing the path of the Desktop button in the Quick Acces pane to that path but it gives me an error saying the path is invalid.

    Choosing to "Show all folders" for the navigation pane gives way too much clutter in my opinion. Windows 8.1 showed all the icons through the Desktop in the Quick Acces pane just fine.

    Isn't there any other way to add a Desktop showing all the icons to the navigation pane?
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  4. Posts : 61,562
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #4

    Not that I know of yet.
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  5. Posts : 531
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Brink said:
    Not that I know of yet.
    Thanks for your help nonetheless!

    One other question, is it possible to change the name of a folder in the Quick Access pane? Linking My Documents folder to the Quick Access pane gives me another name than when the folder is shown on the Desktop.
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  6. Posts : 61,562
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #6

    Odd. What name does it have instead?

    You don't want to rename that folder.

    Did you move your Documents folder to a different location?
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  7. Posts : 531
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Brink said:
    Odd. What name does it have instead?

    You don't want to rename that folder.

    Did you move your Documents folder to a different location?
    It's not that very much different but I'm too OCD about this to let it go . Instead of having my full name like it's shown on the Desktop (for example Bill Gates), it gives me a shortened version without capitals (billg) .

    I didn't move the folder. Isn't this supposed to happen?
    Last edited by JohnnyGui; 19 Aug 2015 at 19:32.
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  8. Posts : 61,562
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #8

    So this is not your "C:\Users\(user-name)\Documents" folder that you pinned to Quick access?
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  9. Posts : 531
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 21H2
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Brink said:
    So this is not your "C:\Users\(user-name)\Documents" folder that you pinned to Quick access?
    Sorry for the confusion, I was talking about the User Folder itself, not the Documents folder in it. The User Folder on the Desktop shows my full name but when I go to that path you're mentioning C:\Users\(user-name) it shows me that shortened name version (billg instead of Bill Gates). Linking the User Folder to the Quick Acces pane gives that shortened name version.
    Last edited by JohnnyGui; 19 Aug 2015 at 19:32.
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  10. Posts : 61,562
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #10

    Ah, ok. That makes sense now then.

    In Quick access, it'll show the same name it shows as your "C:\Users\(user-name)" profile folder.
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