Fixed: Downloaded Files not Showing up on Desktop

Brithny updated on Sep 19, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Downloaded files not showing up on the desktop though they still exist and take up space? Can not see files or folder on the destop even if you have redownloaded them? Simply follow the three methods to fix downloaded files not showing up on the desktop and recover disappearing downloaded files on the desktop.

"Why can't I see files and folders saved on my desktop? Why did they disappear on the desktop after I downloaded them? They should be there because I redownload them, the computer shows space has been taken up. So annoying. Where have they gone? How to make them show up again?"

Quite a lot of Windows users had this issue that downloaded files not showing up on the desktop without any sign! How to fix downloaded files not showing up on the desktop becomes the most important thing. In this page, you will find 3 useful methods to deal with this hot potato.

Method 1. Fix Downloaded Files not Showing up on Desktop by Changing View Setting

The direct cause of files disappearing from the desktop is that the computer hides the icon. follow the instruction to let lost downloaded files on desktop show up:

1. Right-click your mouse and click "view"
2. Select show desktop icons
3. Click refresh and check your downloaded files 

The 3 steps above are the quickest way to fix downloaded files not showing up on the desktop. But sometimes this does not work so well, you can also find the missing files from the download folder.

Method 2. Fix Downloaded Files not Showing up on Desktop by Finding The Location

1. Click "This PC" and choose C drive
2. Click "Users" then "Owner"
3. Choose "Downloads" and find your downloaded files

If the above two methods all fail to help you get out of trouble you'd better use a third-party program to recover the lost downloaded files with ease.

Method 3. Fix Downloaded Files not Showing up on Desktop by Using Tool

So, we finally offer a non-technical solution – professional file recovery software. The program can search and retrieve data lost in all situations. If you happen to find an easy way to fix the downloaded files not showing up the issue, just let it help you. 

Step 1. Connect your device to PC.

If you lost files on an external storage device, connect the storage device to your computer firstly.

Step 2. Run this software and scan the lost file.

Run EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC, specify the location where you lost files and click "Scan" to scan those lost files.

Run data recovery software.

Step 3. Preview and restore file.

After the scanning, you can find and double-click to preview your lost files here:

  • Delete Files: All your deleted files are listed here.
  • Drive (with your device name): It loads all lost files here.
  • Lost Partition Files: Check first if your hard drive is formatted or partition gets deleted.
  • Extra Files: All files that lost names or paths on your drive can be found here.
Scan and find lost files.

Step 4. Choose and restore files.

Finally, select the found files, click "Recover" and navigate to save them to a secure location on your PC or another external storage device.

Restore lost files.

Caution: Don't save the recovered files on the partition or drive where you lost your data before you fully get back your files!


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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