Windows 8: Where are my Desktop Icons?

Have you been wondering where your Desktop icons are on Windows 8?

Curious why Windows 8 desktop doesn’t show your files and folders?

Microsoft made some major changes with Windows 8, but it also made a lot of very small changes. By default, Windows  does not show any icons on your desktop. This can be very confusing, especially when you browse to the Desktop through the File Explorer and can see your icons just fine.

There are 2 different places for Desktop Icon settings in Windows 8

  1. All Desktop Icons: Right Click on the Desktop and go to “View” > and then click “Show desktop icons”. This will show any file and folder icons and other special icons that are located on your desktop.
  2. Special System Icons: Right Click on the Desktop and go to “Personalize” and then click “Change desktop icons”. This will allow you to enable or disable icons for special system folders such as My Computer, Recycle Bin, and User’s Documents. You also need to enable “Show desktop icons” per #1 above in order to see these icons on the Desktop.

Keep in mind that the Desktop will be much cleaner by leaving the above options set to default. Also keep in mind that in order to show system icons on the Desktop, you need to enable “Show desktop icons” per step 1 above.

 

 

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