How to Fix the Desktop Icons Disappeared on Windows 10

If the desktop icons have disappeared on your Windows 10 computer, there are a few things you can try to fix the issue:

  1. Restart your computer: Sometimes, restarting your computer can resolve the issue of missing desktop icons.
  2. Check your settings: Windows 10 has a feature that allows you to hide all desktop icons. To check if this feature is enabled, right-click on the desktop, select “View,” and make sure that “Show desktop icons” is checked.
  3. Restore the desktop icons: If the desktop icons have been accidentally deleted, you can restore them by right-clicking on the desktop, selecting “Personalize,” and then selecting “Themes” from the left-hand menu. Next, select “Desktop icon settings” and check the box next to the icons that you want to restore.
  4. Check the file explorer settings: Sometimes, the desktop icons can be hidden due to a setting in the File Explorer. To check if this is the case, open File Explorer, click on “View” in the menu bar, and then click on “Options.” In the Folder Options window, click on the “View” tab and make sure that “Show desktop icons” is checked.
  5. Run a System File Checker (SFC) scan: The SFC scan can help fix missing or corrupted system files that may be causing the issue. To run an SFC scan, open the Command Prompt as an administrator and type “sfc /scannow” (without the quotes) and press Enter. This will scan your system files and replace any missing or corrupted files.
  6. Create a new user account: If none of the above methods work, you can try creating a new user account and see if the desktop icons appear in the new account. If they do, you can transfer your files to the new account and delete the old one.

By trying these methods, you should be able to resolve the issue of missing desktop icons on your Windows 10 computer.