Files Saved to Desktop Not Visible in Windows 10/8/7

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


The problem of files saved to desktop not visible or showing up in Windows 10 has now been perfectly solved. Follow this tutorial which shows you how to easily make your saved and downloaded files appear normally on the desktop. For the case that files and folders not found anywhere on your computer, try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to get them back before applying all fixes here.

Files, folders saved on the desktop not visible

"Hi, I save lots of files and folders on the desktop. Some of them do not appear on the actual desktop (even there is space) but are only seen in the Windows Explorer. Someone has the same problem?"

Files saved to desktop folder do not appear on the actual desktop

"I saved a modified PDF and Excel documents to desktop in Windows 10, and there are not there when I revert back to desktop to check them. What's worse, I can't find the saved files anywhere all over the computer hard drive! Anything I can do to have saved files back?"

Problem: Files saved to desktop not visible in Windows 10

In general, the problem of files saved to desktop not visible can be divided into two groups. One is that files are still intact in the Windows Explorer, in the C drive (Desktop files are originally in the C drive), you don't lose them at all. While the other is that the saved files are showing up neither on the specified location nor anywhere on the entire computer hard drive.

Reasons: Files saved to desktop not visible in Windows 10

Since the symptoms are not unique, the reasons and causes for the problems vary. As long as you saved a file but now can't find it, the issue might have been generated by the following factors.

  • Files and folders were hidden.
  • Save path error.
  • Explorer.exe error.
  • File system error.

Solutions: Files saved to desktop not visible in Windows 10

You can now start the fix in the beginning with the help of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, especially for the case that files and folders not found anywhere on your computer. You may choose to skip this data recovery part if files are still in the C drive, only not showing on the desktop.

Step 1. Run folder recovery software.

  • Launch EaseUS folder recovery software on your PC.
  • Connect the device to your computer if the lost folder is saved on an external storage device.
  • Click "Specify a location" to choose the exact location where you lost the folder.
  • Click "Scan" to begin scanning lost folder with files.
Run folder recovery software.

Step 2. Find lost folder.

  • You can use the "Search" feature to quickly find the lost folder by searching the folder name.
  • Or you can check and find them from "Deleted Files", "Drive (with your device name)".
Scan and find lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover the lost folder.

Last, select the folder and choose to save it to a new & secure spot on your PC by clicking "Recover".

Restore lost folder data.

Let's apply the possible solutions one by one once files have been fully protected.

Fix 1. Show desktop icons

Right-click on the desktop, go to View and uncheck View desktop icons. Important! That's not the end. Try multiple times repeatedly to re-check and uncheck the box. Sometimes, the invisible desktop files would then appear after some refresh.

Tip: If this view option fails, try the other option in the same way in View - Auto arrange icons.

Fix 2. Fix explorer.exe issue

  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to bring up the Task Manager option.
  • Right-click explorer.exe in the process and end process tree.

This would reset your desktop and finally saved files show up.

Fix 3. Fix file system error

  • Type cmd in the search box in Windows 10. From the result, right-click on the Command Prompt and choose Run as Administrator.
  • Type sfc /scannow in the Command Prompt window and press Enter.

This will check and fix file system errors that prevent saved files from appearing on the actual desktop in Windows 10.


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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.

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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.

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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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