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Icons on Desktop Hidden, Disappeared or Missing on Windows 7

If your desktop icons have mysteriously disappeared or gone missing, or simply been hidden and you can no longer see them, this article may help you quickly diagnose the hidden or missing desktop icon problem.


 

 

Introduction

Windows and in particular Windows 7 boasts a number of improvements in the user interface, one such improvement is the ability of the desktop to be un-cluttered by tidying up the icons.  Sometimes though, this action may be performed accidentally by the user and result in the desktop icons appearing as being hidden, disappeared or missing.

Possible Solutions to Missing Icons on Windows 7

Firstly, let’s assume that you haven’t deleted the icons from the desktop and that they aren’t in the Recycle Bin.  If you’re 100% sure that you haven’t accidentally deleted them let’s move on.

There are two other possible solutions, either the icons are hidden from view by having their visibility toggled or that the icons exist, but somewhere off the screen where you can’t see them.

Icons on Desktop Hidden

To solve the hidden icon problem in Windows 7:

  1. Right click on the desktop
  2. Select View, and ensure that Show desktop icons is ticked.  If it is not, select it.

Desktop Icon Missing Disappeared Hidden

Icons on Desktop Missing (somewhere off the screen)

You can try getting around this one by:

  1. Right click on the desktop
  2. Select View, and select Auto arrange icons

Desktop Icon Missing Disappeared Hidden

These two solutions are the most common reasons why icons disappear or go missing in Windows 7.  Typically this happens when we hit the wrong menu without paying attention to what happens on the desktop until the next restart.

Conclusion

This article discussed some possible reasons as to why Desktop icons on Windows 7 would be hidden, missing or simply disappear and showed three methods for checking and restoring the icons on the desktop.

 

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