How to Restore Missing Desktop Icons in Windows 10

How to restore missing Windows 10 Desktop icons

Sometimes while working in Windows 10, it happens that we accidentally delete some desktop icons. In future, we may need those icons so it is always better and advisable to restore those missing icons beforehand by making use of a very helpful feature provided by Windows 10. Mostly, the default icons are This PC, Recycle Bin, Control Panel, Network etc. However, if you do have any other default icons too, then you can restore them very conveniently. In this article, we will guide you through a very simple method to restore your missing desktop icons on Windows 10.

Restoring Missing Desktop Icons on Windows 10

In order to perform this action, you need to proceed as follows:

Just right click anywhere on your desktop. A cascading menu will appear which is shown below:

right-click on Windows Desktop

From the menu displayed above, click on Personalize. The following window will appear:

Windows 10 Desktop personalize dialog

From the window shown above, click on the Themes tab. The themes screen is given below:

Themes tab

Now click on Desktop icon settings under Related Settings shown on the right-hand side.

A new Desktop icon settings window will appear which is shown below:

Desktop Icon settings

From the window shown above, click on Restore Default.

Then click on OK and all your missing desktop icons will be restored.


By following the steps mentioned above, you can easily restore all the missing icons that you previously deleted accidentally. So now, it is absolutely not a big deal for you to get back your missing default icons using Windows 10.

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