How to Restore Missing Desktop Icons and Files in Windows 10/11

If you meet desktop icons are missing, or files disappear from the desktop in Windows 10, you can find solutions here. This page tells you how to restore desktop icons by simple tricks. And you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover missing or disappeared desktop files in Windows 10 without effort.

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Desktop Files and Icons Disappeared in Windows 10/11

"My brother played games on my computer last night. But when I turned on the computer this morning, it showed me a blank screen. All the desktop icons as well we the files on it are missing. Where are those desktop icons and files? I can't find them anywhere, including the recycle bin. Do you have any ideas that How can I restore missing desktop icons and files in Windows 10?"

Windows 10 computer desktop comes originally with icons like recycle bin, this PC, network, control panel, etc. And users prefer to create shortcuts of regularly used apps there. Meanwhile,  we're used to saving files like Word document, Excel sheets, or PowerPoint presentations on the desktop for quick access.

Sometimes, while using the computer, it happens now and then that we lose some or even all the desktop icons and files due to accidental deletion or improper settings. But for more convenient usage, we need those icons and files back. In this article, we will walk you through a very simple method to restore desktop icons on Windows 10. Besides, professional hard drive recovery software is highly recommended to help you restore desktop files in Windows 10. 

How to Restore Missing Desktop Icons on Windows 10/11

By following the steps below, you can easily restore all the missing icons that you previously deleted accidentally.

1. Open "Settings" and click on "Personalization".

2. Click "Themes", then click "Desktop icons settings".

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3. Select the icons you want to see on the desktop, like Computer (This PC), User's Files, Network, Recycle Bin, and Control Panel.

4. Click "Apply", then "OK".

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If you don't see any icons on your desktop, it's probably because you have hidden the previously configured icons in Windows 10. You can quickly make them visible again by right-clicking an empty space on the desktop, selecting "View" and clicking the "Show desktop icons" option.

How to Recover Desktop Files in Windows 10/11

As for lost or deleted desktop files recovery in Windows 10, you'll need the help from data recovery tool. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard enables you to recover more than 200+ file types from HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, pen drive, external hard drive, and so on. If your desktop files disappeared because of careless deletion, hard drive formatting, virus attack, or partition loss, you could restore them easily and quickly.  

The steps to restore desktop files are similar to those for recovering deleted files from USB flash drive. See the detailed guides below. 

Step 1. Select the location to scan lost folder

Under the 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

If you remember the folder name, type the folder name in "Search" to quickly find the lost folder. Then open the found folder and double-click to preview lost files. 

Or you can use the left pane to locate the lost folder, then use "Filter" and "Type" to specify the desired 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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