Windows 10 Desktop Icons Missing: Here’s How to Fix Desktop Icons Not Showing

The desktop is a real place on your drive and you can save files and folders to it. The desktop is easily accessible on Windows 10; tap on the Win + D or swipe down with four fingers (if you have a precision touchpad) and you will be taken to the desktop.

This is because the desktop is so accessible that many people put important files and folders, or summaries, on them on the desktop. However, if you do not see images on the desktop, the desktop loses most of its utility.

Windows 10 desktop icons required

Windows 10 desktop icons required

If you don’t see desktop images on your Windows 10 desktop, you may have them turned off, they may have been hidden by an app you installed, you may see the full desktop the Start screen or the Start screen, or you might not have images on the desktop.

Desktop icons not shown in Windows 10

Here are a few things you can try on desktop images without showing up.

1. Enable desktop images

Many people like to put things on the desk but they don’t like to look at the jar. Windows 10 has an option to hide desktop images which may be why you will not see any images on the desktop.

  1. Go to desk.
  2. Right click anywhere.
  3. From the context table, select View> Show desktop images.
  4. Take a look at whether the desktop images appear.

2. Restart Explorer.exe

Explorer.exe is not just File Explorer or Windows Explorer. It handles many other tasks on your system eg, if there is a problem with it, the taskbar may not work properly or you may not see desktop images.

  1. Right-click on the taskbar and select Executive Manager from the context table.
  2. Go to Process tabs and look for Windows Explorer.
  3. Choose it, and click Restart at the bottom right.

If you are having trouble opening Task Manager, there are various ways you can try to open it.

3. Disable / uninstall UI changing apps and themes

The Windows 10 UI can be changed with third-party apps and themes. The changes can be wide-ranging although you, as a user, might just see a new skin installed in the OS.

To give your OS a new / different look, apps and themes can disable certain features so if you have anything like that inserted me UXthemepatcher, disable it or uninstall it.

Restart the system and check if your desktop images appear.

4. Build a prediction method

If you have a multi-monitor installed or have used a second (or third) monitor at some point, it may still be found as a phantom display and that is where the images may be hidden. .

  1. Tap on the Keyboard shortcut Win + P.
  2. In the right hand panel, select PC screen only
  3. Take a look at whether the images appear. If they do, you can reset the prediction mode to whatever it was before.

5. Rebuild image cache

If the image cache is corrupted, the desktop may not be able to load images for the various files and folders you saved to it.

  1. Open File Explorer and go to the See the tab.
  2. Enable the ‘Hidden Objects’ check box.
  3. Navigate to the following location (replace username with your own username).
  1. Look for a a file called IconCache.db.
  2. Choose it and tap Shift + Delete.
  3. Restart the system.

6. Turn off Tablet Mode

Windows 10 doesn’t just run on a desktop. It also runs on tablets and, its UI is slightly different for tablets to make it easier to use on the device. On desktop, users have the option to enable Tablet mode if they want but it will change how some things work.

  1. Open the Options app (Keyboard shortcut Win + i).
  2. go to System> Tablet.
  3. Open the When I log in dropdown and select ‘Never use record mode’.
  4. If you have a 2-in-1 device ie, a touch screen machine, open the drop ‘When I use this tool as a record’ and select ‘Do not switch to record mode’.

7. Turn off the Start menu fullscreen

There are two different approaches to the Start menu; the most popular column view and that’s close to the Windows 7 Start menu, and full-screen mode.

  1. Open the Options app (Keyboard shortcut Win + I).
  2. go to Personalization> Start.
  3. Turn the Use Start to turn off the full screen.


The desktop is one of the most robust features, well built on Windows 10. It rarely runs into problems that can’t be fixed and often, when something goes wrong with it, UI change apps are to blame. If you want to change your OS, make sure you create a refresh point first and only use tried / trusted apps to change.

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