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

Brithny updated on Oct 12, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

If you happen to meet Windows 10 desktop icons missing and the desktop becomes blank all of a sudden without any reason, you can try to troubleshoot by enabling the desktop icons visibility, showing all Windows desktop icons, or disabling the Tablet Mode. Besides, you can use a file recovery tool to retrieve desktop icons and files disappeared in Windows 10.

"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. EaseUS data recovery software 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.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select location to scan lost folder.

Under the Specify a location section, click "Browse" on Select Folder to choose the location where you lost the folder and click "OK" to scan the lost folder.

Run folder recovery software.

Step 2. Find and preview found files in the lost folder.

You can find the lost folder in "Deleted Files", "Lost Files" or use the "Search" feature to quickly find the lost folder by searching the folder name. Then open the found folder and double-click to preview lost files.

Scan and find lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover and save the lost folder with files.

Last, select the folder and files and click "Recover", browse to choose a new & secure spot on your PC and click "OK" to save it.

Restore lost folder data.

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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, so 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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