My desktop shortcut icons are gone. How do I get them back?

This is a not uncommon problem. How it happens I can’t say, but how to get them back is easy.

Before I show you how to restore the shortcut icons, here is how to make them disappear:

  • Right-click on an empty spot on your desktop.
  • In the small menu move the pointer to View…
  • Move the pointer horizontally to the additional menu.
  • Move the pointer down to Show desktop icons. This item is checked when the icons are displayed. Click it so it will be unchecked.

The icons will immediately disappear.

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To restore the desktop shortcuts just follow the same procedure.

  • Right-click on the desktop.
  • In the small menu move the pointer to View…
  • Move the pointer horizontally to the additional menu.
  • Move the pointer down to Show desktop icons. This item is unchecked when the icons are not displayed. Click it so it will be checked.

The desktop shortcut icons will be restored.

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My own icons have never pulled the disappearing act, and I did not know about this. I am indebted to my friend AlexO for this solution.

.:.

© 2012 Ludwig Keck

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23 thoughts on “My desktop shortcut icons are gone. How do I get them back?

  1. This did not work for me. Windows 10 has taken over the desk top and I can’t right click on it. Any body know how to close the Windows 10 desk top?

    • Windows 10 has shown me also that it can come up with problems that I have never seen before. I just rebooted a computer for the third time today. I do hope that your problems will disappear after just one reboot.

  2. I recently lost all my icons on my Android cant figure out how to get them back oh by the way that happened after doing a back upon my ph

  3. Didn’t work for me. Still don’t have any icons. When I r. click icons on desk top there wasn’t any thing about icons. I have windows 10. It is a pain in the a–

    • Sorry about your troubles, Dick. Windows 10 is very similar in many respects to Windows 7. This is also true for the desktop operations. Right-click at a space on the desktop where there is nothing else. A menu pops up. Move the pointer to the top item, “View”. An additional menu pops up on the side. The bottom item in that added menu is “Show desktop icons”. if there is no check mark in front of it, click it. The menus will close. If no shortcut icons appear on you desktop, then you have not set up any shortcuts. Get in touch with me via the link at the top of the sidebar if you need a hand.

  4. dick This didn't work for me. a menu appears saying select all-print-inspect elements-inspect souce and thats it on said:

    It still didn’t work for me. a menu appears saying , select all-print-inspect elements and view source

    • Dick, you are right-clicking on an place in your browser, not on your desktop. Close (or minimize) the browser and get any other open window out of the way. Then right-click on an open space on the desktop.

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