Fixed: How to Recover Files When Windows 10 Desktop Icons Are Missing

Brithny updated on Jan 11, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

"This Morning, when I started my Windows 10, I had no icons on the desktop. Now, my only access to the computer is through the Start Button. What can I do to get my desktop icon back? There are a lot of important files and folders on my desktop. They also have gone with desktop icons! Please help me!"

When you are facing this kind of situation, you must be very bothered. Clam down and follow the solutions below to find the missing desktop icons and recover lost desktop files in Windows 10.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Enable the Icons Visibility Try every USB port available. Click the "Start" menu and search for "Settings"...Full steps
Fix 2. Show All Desktop Icons On the desktop, right-click your mouse and select "view" and check for the "Show desktop icons"...Full steps
Fix 3. Disable the Tablet Mode Open the "Settings "again and click on "System" to open the system settings...Full steps
Fix 4. Recover Missing Desktop Files Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select location to scan lost folder...Full steps

Quick Fixes for "Desktop Icons Are Missing in Windows 10" 

There three possible ways in tall on this page, you can try them one by one to check which one can help you get the missing Windows 10 desktop icons back.

Step 1. Enabling the Desktop Icons Visibility

  • Click the "Start" menu and Search for "Settings".
  • Inside Settings, click on "Personalization". From the next window, select the "Themes" tab from the left pane.
  • Click on "Desktop icon settings" to open the settings to enable the Desktop icons visibility.
  • Select the icons you want to show on the desktop and click on "Apply" and "OK" buttons afterward.

Step 2. Show All Windows Desktop Icons

  • On the desktop, right-click your mouse and select "view".
  • Inside the View tab, check for the "Show desktop icons" at the bottom. In your case, it might be unmarked. So, mark it as checked by clicking on it.
  • Then, you will get your missing icons back at once.

Step 3. Disable the Tablet Mode

Windows 10 has two built-in types of Modes:  Desktop and Tablet. If you have enabled the Tablet mode, the Windows 10 desktop icon will be missing.

  • Open the "Settings "again and click on "System" to open the system settings.
  • On the left pane, click on "Tablet mode" and turn it off. Close the Settings window and check if your desktop icons are visible or not.

Windows 10 desktop icon missing

How to Recover All Missing Desktop Files

Files often get lost easily when your desktop icon disappears. And files loss also happens when there is a hard drive formatting/damage, OS crash, virus attack, or storage media corruption. But you don't have to worry if you have an effective file recovery tool. EaseUSEaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is famous for data recovery under difficult circumstance. You can use it to recover deleted files, formatted or inaccessible data in various data loss cases. Let's see how it works.

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Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Choose the drive where you lost files and start scanning. This software allows you to recover lost data from all devices, including HDD, SSD, USB drive, SD card, pen drive, camera, etc.

select a location to scan

Step 2. Browse the full scan results. You can choose the file type you need by clicking on the file type filter. EaseUS data recovery software supports 1000+ file types like photos, videos, documents, emails, audio files, and many more. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Select the files you want to preview. Click "Recover" and set a storage location to save the recovered data. 

Recover lost data

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working at EaseUS for over ten years, starting as a technical writer and moving on to being a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over ten years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Brithny

Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech lives easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. In her spare time, she loves sharing things about her game experience on Facebook or Twitter.

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