We show you how to fix the error desktop icons not showing on Windows 10.
Table of Contents
- Method #1: Disable Tablet Mode in Windows 10
- Method #2: Disconnect Second Monitors in Windows 10
- Method #3: Check That Desktop Icons Are Visible
- Method #4: Create New Files On The Desktop
- Method #5: Sort Icons By Name in Windows 10
- Method #6: Enable Icons Windows 10 Settings
- Method #7: Disable Full-screen Mode in Windows 10
- Method #8: Rebuild Icons Cache
Method #1: Disable Tablet Mode in Windows 10
Windows 10 implements new features focused on the users of touch devices, which requires more space, a better visual order and a better structure at the design level in the system.
Just with this type of use of Windows 10 on touch devices, such as Tablets, a Tablet Mode mode exists, with which you can run the risk of icons disappearing from your desktop.
To check the status in this way in Windows 10:
Go to the menu Start > Settings > System (WIN + I) and there go to the section “Tablet Mode.”
There we must confirm that the tablet mode switch is off.
Method #2: Disconnect Second Monitors in Windows 10
Although it is not so often that this type of situation affects the desktop icons in Windows 10, the use of two monitors can influence the icons of the desktop to disappear, but its solution is quite simple, merely disconnect the second monitor and connect again.
Method #3: Check That Desktop Icons Are Visible
Another simple solution that we can verify to verify that our icons are visible on the desktop is to right-click on a free place on the desktop and select View > Show desktop icons
If this line has a verification sign, this will indicate that they are already visible or not.
Method #4: Create New Files On The Desktop
This option allows us to verify that when creating a new item, it is visible on the desktop.
For this, right click on the desktop and select the “New” option and there we will select the type of element to be created:
Method #5: Sort Icons By Name in Windows 10
When we use two monitors, in some situations the icons are not visible from one monitor to another, but with ordering the icons by their names, we will have them active in our main desk.
To achieve this, right click on the desktop and select the option Sort by > Name.
Method #6: Enable Icons Windows 10 Settings
Configuration utility can enable or disable the icons that must be visible on the desktop in Windows 10, so it is a good reason to verify that none of them is disabled there.
Let’s go to the menu:
- Start > Settings (WIN + I) > Personalization > Themes
Select the option “Desktop icon settings” on the left side, and the following will be displayed.
There, activate the boxes that are not visible on the desktop.
Method #7: Disable Full-screen Mode in Windows 10
This is a Windows 10 function that allows us to use the entire screen for the system and its use can hide the desktop icons.
To check if it is active or not, go to:
- Start > Settings (WIN + I) > Personalization > Start
There, check if the “Use Start full screen” switch is inactive.
Method #8: Rebuild Icons Cache
This option allows us to restore the cache of the icons and in many cases, it fix the error.
For this, go to:
Right-click on the “IconCache” file and select the “Delete” option.
Empty the recycling bin and proceed to restart the system so that a new IconCache file is created in this way.
With some of these methods, we will give a possible correction to this error and in this way avoid this type of inconvenience.