How to Unhide or Hide Desktop icons in Windows 10

If your Desktop icons are not showing in Windows 10/8/7 or if you want to hide or unhide the desktop icons, then this post is sure to interest you. If your desktop icons are missing or do not display on your Windows desktop, try this:

Unhide or Hide Desktop icons in Windows 10

Right-click on your desktop > View > Check Show desktop icons.

Hide or unhide Desktop icons

It should help.

Desktop icons are missing

If it doesn’t, type gpedit.msc in the Start menu and hit Enter.

desktop icons

Navigate to User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop.

Now in Desktop, in the right pane, open Properties of Hide and disable all items on the desktop.

Configure your choice there.

If Enabled, this setting removes icons, shortcuts, and other default and user-defined items from the desktop, including Recycle Bin, Computer, and Network Locations.

To show desktop icons, ensure that the setting is Not Configured.

Hit Apply > OK.

Restart your computer and see if it has helped.

Incidentally, on a related note, are you facing any issue, where you find that your desktop icons are not working in Windows 10/8/7? Usually, this happens if the file associations are messed up. In that case, you may want to see this post – Desktop Icons not working in Windows 10.

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