Solutions to problem of Internet Explorer® icon disappearing in Windows® 7
If the Internet Explorer icon is deleted, it does not necessarily mean the program is gone. Mistakes happen, and this mistake is easy to rectify. You shall create a new desktop icon for the Internet Explorer that looks and performs just like the original. Nearly all editions of the Microsoft Windows Operating System include an Internet Explorer icon on the desktop by default. Though rare, it is possible for this icon to go missing; most often as a result of a virus or because a user deleted the icon. Whatever be the reason, you can restore the Internet Explorer icon to your desktop. The correction is a quick and easy task once you understand the proper steps.
Following are the methods to restore an Internet Explorer icon to your Windows 7 desktop:
- Outcome of disappearing
- Click & Drag Method
- Copy and Paste Method
Outcome of disappearing
If you have unintentionally deleted the Internet Explorer desktop icon, you might not be able to access the Internet easily and as quickly as you used to. As accessing the browser becomes difficult, your daily work might be affected. Windows 7, which is the latest version of the Windows Operating System, does not support the facility to create an icon for the Internet Explorer browser on your PC's desktop using the Windows Registry. Prior to this change, you shall create an icon within your computer's Windows Registry file for the browser.
Click & Drag Method
The first method you can adopt to restore the IE icon is - first click 'Start,' then 'All Programs.' Now find the Internet Explorer icon and then right click on the 'Internet Explorer' icon. Hold and drag the icon to your computer’s desktop and click 'Create Shortcuts Here'. If you don't see the 'Create Shortcuts Here' option, you shall click 'Copy Here'. Finally, double click the 'Internet Explorer' icon to open the browser.
Another useful method is as follows: first carefully copy the following command "%programfiles%Internet exploreriexplore.exe" including the quotation marks along with the command. Then right click on a blank space on your Windows 7 desktop. Click 'New' and then 'Shortcut.' Then a 'Create Shortcut Wizard' opens. Now right click in the 'Type the location of the item'. Then click 'Paste' tab to paste the command copied earlier. Press 'Next' and enter "Internet Explorer" in the 'Type a name for this shortcut' box and end by clicking 'Finish.' A shortcut for the Internet Explorer is now displayed on your PC’s desktop. Double click that icon to open the browser.
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