FIX: Missing icons on desktop Windows 10

I have no shortcuts on my desktop anymore, how?

I love a ‘clean’ desktop, but no shortcut on your desktop can be difficult. I use the desktop myself for a number of icons that I use on a daily basis. Unfortunately you came here because your icons disappeared.

They probably have not been removed. In the tutorial below, I explain to you how you can show the icons on your desktop.

Then where are my desktop shortcuts?

It is possible that you have used a key combination yourself that automatically hide the shortcuts on the desktop. (although I can not find which one that should be).

Go to your desktop and click on a random spot with the right mouse button.
Then go to View
Here you see Show desktop icons as last in the menu. If correct, it should not be checked at the moment. Your desktop icons should reappear after clicking Show desktop icons.

See the below screenshot for clarification.

My desktop icons are missing resolution.
My desktop icons are missing resolution.

Some more information for clarification on your desktop icons missing.

Microsoft has also made a tutorial for this at
Unfortunately, it does not come up first when you search for it.

See the tutorial here.

I got the error message by looking for new error messages at I came across this with a solution that was not completely correct for Windows 10.

See the post here.

This is from Microsoft Answers.

This post is from
I have expanded the existing tutorial with screenshots.

If you have questions regarding this topic, please go to the following page:
Why are you using forum posts from Microsoft Community?

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Bas Wijdenes

My name is Bas Wijdenes and I work as a PowerShell Automation Engineer @ Wortell.

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