Icons Missing in Windows®
How to fix missing icons issue in Windows?
Many programs are installed on the computer to make the computer more useful. Gamers can install many games and Internet users can install many browsers and Internet applications. All these applications create an icon on the desktop, programs and quick launch. You just need to double click on the icon of the specific program to launch it. Sometimes you miss these icons and wonder where they disappeared. When a program is installed, its icons are added in more than one place. So, if the icon is missing, you need to check the programs menu and if you find it in programs and do not find on desktop, you can simply drag and drop it to the desktop to create a shortcut. The icon would have been deleted by mistake. Windows Operating System supports multiple user accounts and desktop icons of one user are not displayed on other users desktop. So, make sure that you have logged in with the user account on which you have created the icon.
Following are the ways to fix missing icons issue in Windows:
- Unhiding Icons
- Restart explorer.exe
- Reinstall the application
Sometimes you may find no icons on the desktop. This occurs because the icons are hidden. If none of the icons are displayed on the desktop, the first thing you need to do is right click on the desktop, click on 'arrange' icon and select 'show desktop icons'. All the hidden desktop icons would be displayed. This option would not help you to restore an icon of a specific program.
At times, when you boot the computer, you do not find any icons on the desktop, even they would not be start bar or any option to click on. The whole desktop screen would be blank. The screen goes blank because the explorer.exe is not started. You need to press 'Alt + Ctrl + DEL' keys on the keyboard to open task manager. Then select 'new task, browse and run the 'file explore.exe'. This would load all the icons and start menu.
If an icon of a specific program is missing, you can try to recreate the shortcut, if the program icon is present in the all programs or in the root directory. If the program icon is not present, there is a chance that program would have got uninstalled. You need to reinstall the program using the disc or download and reinstall it from the net.
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