Disappeared desktop icons in Windows® 7
Learn about the various issues that may lead to the disappearance of desktop icons in Windows 7. Get tips to fix the issue.
Missing icons in desktop in Windows 7 can be caused by various issues. These include issues ranging from simple to complex. If you remove an icon by changing the settings accidently or inadvertently it may cause the problem. Another reason could be the presence of bugs in the Windows 7 Operating system. Moreover, malware attack or missing of any related files can also be a probable cause. Nevertheless, there are several ways to restore the icons back to their original state. Fixing the issues are simple and can be performed quickly and easily. If all of these fail, you need to scan your Windows 7 system with an updated antivirus software to remove the problematic malware.
The causes due to which desktop icons disappear from the Windows 7 desktop and tips to fix the issue are given below:
- Use desktop view menu
- Group Policy Editor
- Personalize icons
Use desktop view menu
This is one of the simplest reasons for the missing of desktop icon in your system. Desktop menu contains the option 'Show Desktop Icon'. If someone unknowingly disables the option you cannot see the icons on the desktop. In this case you need to enable the desktop icon view again. To enable this option, right click on the desktop blank area of Windows 7 desktop. Then select view from contextual menu and check whether Show Desktop Icons check mark is ticked or not.
Group Policy Editor
Group Policy Editor is one of the ways to correct the missing desktop icons. In Windows 7, group policy has different user and system configurations. But this option is available only for Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions. Group Policy Editor utility in your Windows 7 operating system could be selected from Start. In the instant search box type gpedit.msc and press the enter key. Select User Configuration and click Administrative Template and then click the Remove Name icon. The 'Name' tab here represents the name of the icon which is missing from the desktop.
Windows 7 offers rich graphical icons and you could set different icons as well as change various settings using desktop icon settings. If you get problem with display of icons, go to Control panel and choose the personalize button and change different desktop icons. From the window that appears, select the icon you want and set it as various desktop icons. Check whether all desktop icons are restored in your system.
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