Windows 7 - Desktop icons disappeared

October 2016


The problem is the following:
All desktop icons, records and personal files have disappeared from the office.

Yet they are still physically present on the SD.

I am not at all familiar with Seven because I turn mainly on XP and Vista.
So I managed to find how to configure the icons via:
  • Right-click on desktop> Personalize> Change desktop icons

But all the icons are selected (Computer, Recycle Bin, files the user, etc..) But nothing appears on the desktop.

I tried to change the theme of Windows, once ... but nothing works.


This is because the desktop items are hidden/turned off accidentally!
To solve this:
  • Right click on your desktop,
  • Select Display,
  • Click on Show desktop items


Thanks to mcvivien2 for this tip.

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