Restore Old Desktop Icons in Windows 10

Restore Old Desktop Icons in Windows 10: In Windows, previous versions desktop included some default icons for instant access such as network, Recycle bin, My computer, and control panel. However, in Windows 10 you will notice only a recycle bin icon on the desktop. Is it cool? It depends on your requirements. By default Windows 10 does not include any other icons. However, you can bring those icons back if you want.

How to Restore Old Desktop Icons in Windows 10

Why do desktop icons disappear in Windows 10?

Desktop icons might disappear because of a Microsoft feature called the show or hide desktop icons. Simple right-click in an empty area in the desktop then select View and then make sure to click on “Show desktop icons” to checkmark it. If it is unchecked then you will face this issue where you won’t be able to see any desktop icons.

If only some of your icons are disappeared then maybe it is because these icons shortcuts are not selected in Settings. In this guide, we will explain the method through which you can easily bring those icons back on your desktop on Windows 10 operating system.

How to Restore Old Desktop Icons in Windows 10

Make sure to create a restore point just in case something goes wrong.

Step 1 – Right-click on the Desktop and choose to Personalize option. Or you can navigate to the settings of your device and choose Personalize option from there.

You can also right-click on the desktop and select Personalize

Step 2 – This will open the Personalization settings window. Now from the left pane, select the Theme option and then click on the Desktop Icon Settings link.

Select the Theme option and then click on the Desktop Icon Settings link

Step 3 – A new Windows pop-up screen will open where you can mark all those icon options – Network, Users’ Files, Recycle Bin, Control Panel and This PC which you want to be added on your desktop.

Restore Old Desktop Icons in Windows 10

Step 4 – Apply the changes and Click on OK button.

All done, you will find all your selected icons on your desktop now. This is how you restore old desktop icons in Windows 10 and it is useful for people who want quick access to these sections. Having icons on your Desktop means you can instantly navigate to these options.

How to Customize your Desktop Icons

Yes, you have the option to customize your icons as well. In step 3, you will notice an option Change Icon under the Desktop Icon Settings window. Click on it and you will see a new Windows pop-up on your screen giving you several options to change the image of your icons. You can choose the one that you find matching with your preferences. Give your PC a personal touch.

On Desktop Icon Settings window click on Change Icon

If you do not like “This PC” name, you can change the icons’ name too. You need to right-click on the selected icon and choose the rename option. Many users give personalize name to these icons.

To rename right-click on the icon and select Rename

Note: If you are still not able to see the selected icons on your screen after completing the above-mentioned steps, you may be hiding this feature in Windows 10. You need to make these icons visible on your screen by right-clicking on the desktop and navigating to the View and select Show Desktop Icons option to see all your icons on the desktop.

Enable Show Desktop Icon to Fix Desktop Icon Missing in Windows 10


I hope this article was helpful and you can now easily Restore Old Desktop Icons in Windows 10, but if you still have any questions regarding this guide then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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