Icons not showing in Windows Search Box on Windows 10

Icons help a user to select a file or identify that file. Both the complexity and visual appearance of the software goes down when these icons are not present. Some users have been facing this issue. They are reporting that icons are not visible in the Windows Search Results Box. There is no error or error code that is displayed on the screen rather, the icons just disappear or are replaced by some low-resolution generic icons. In this article, we will be checking out how to get rid of this glitch in Windows 10.

Icons not showing in Windows Search Box

Icons not showing in Windows Search Box

There can be a number of causes for this issue. Some of them can be the cache file being damaged, or thumbnails previews are not getting saved on the operating system. We will be checking out the following different ways to get rid of this issue on Windows 10,

  1. Change Icon Scaling.
  2. Use the Command Prompt.
  3. Enable saving taskbar thumbnail previews.

1] Change Icon Scaling

Press WINKEY + I combo to launch the Settings App. Now navigate to Ease of Access> Display.

Toggle the Change the size of apps and text on the main display setting to +25% of the current selection.

Reboot your computer and check if that has fixed your issues.

2] Use the Command Prompt

Run Command Prompt as Administrator and execute the following commands one by one:

ie4uinit.exe -show 
taskkill /IM explorer.exe /F 
DEL /A /Q "%localappdata%\IconCache.db"
DEL /A /F /Q "%localappdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer\iconcache*"
shutdown /r /f /t 00

The last command will reboot your computer.

After it boots back up, check if your issue is now fixed.

3] Enable saving Taskbar Thumbnail Previews

Start by hitting the WINKEY + R combo to launch the Run utility. Now type in sysdm.cpl and hit Enter.

Select the tab labeled as System Properties.

Click on the tab labeled as Advanced and under the section of Performance, select the button that says Settings. It will open a new mini-window named as Performance options.

Navigate to the tab called as Visual Effects. Set the toggle to be Custom.

Check the box that says Save taskbar thumbnail previews.

Select Apply and then select OK.

Reboot your computer and check if that has fixed your issues.

Did any of our suggestions help you?

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.

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