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Windows 7: Icons disappeared from desktop


14 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Icons disappeared from desktop

After booting my PC today I got an empty desktop without any of my files or shortcuts on it. The taskbar is still there and works perfectly fine, it still shows my wallpaper, and I can even see all of my stuff when I open the desktop in the explorer.

Right-clicking works too, and I can create new folders that way etc., but they too are only visible in the explorer and not on the actual desktop. I also can't draw a marquee on the desktop - not that I need one without anything to select, but maybe you can make something out of it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated ~

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14 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Efrye View Post
After booting my PC today I got an empty desktop without any of my files or shortcuts on it. The taskbar is still there and works perfectly fine, it still shows my wallpaper, and I can even see all of my stuff when I open the desktop in the explorer.

Right-clicking works too, and I can create new folders that way etc., but they too are only visible in the explorer and not on the actual desktop. I also can't draw a marquee on the desktop - not that I need one without anything to select, but maybe you can make something out of it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated ~
when you right click the desktop and choose "view" is desktop icons ticked?
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14 Aug 2009   #3

 
 

Hey. Welcome.

Not on a windows 7 machine right now but I *believe* when you right click on your desktop, go to view and tick the "Show Desktop items" button.
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14 Aug 2009   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Efrye View Post
After booting my PC today I got an empty desktop without any of my files or shortcuts on it. The taskbar is still there and works perfectly fine, it still shows my wallpaper, and I can even see all of my stuff when I open the desktop in the explorer.

Right-clicking works too, and I can create new folders that way etc., but they too are only visible in the explorer and not on the actual desktop. I also can't draw a marquee on the desktop - not that I need one without anything to select, but maybe you can make something out of it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated ~
Might help if you filled in your system specs, and told us if it is a clean install or upgrade, etc.

Ken
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14 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Damnit.

Thanks to tw33k and TGSoldier, somehow I completely overlooked that option. It's still a mystery how that thing got unchecked in the first place, but maybe that has something to with me being stupid too. *caugh*
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14 Aug 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Efrye View Post
Damnit.

Thanks to tw33k and TGSoldier, somehow I completely overlooked that option. It's still a mystery how that thing got unchecked in the first place, but maybe that has something to with me being stupid too. *caugh*
glad to have helped
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14 Aug 2009   #7

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Efrye View Post
Damnit.

Thanks to tw33k and TGSoldier, somehow I completely overlooked that option. It's still a mystery how that thing got unchecked in the first place, but maybe that has something to with me being stupid too. *caugh*
Your Welcome.
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03 Mar 2010   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
How to get to Snipping Tool

TG Soldier,

Here is the path to the Snipping Tool in Windows 7.

%windir%\system32\SnippingTool.exe

Hope that helps you get my love toy back!

Juan
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