How to Unhide or Hide Desktop Icons in Windows 10?

How do I fix the Desktop Icons that disappeared on Windows 10? How do I hide or unhide Desktop icons on Windows 10? There may be some occasions when you might want to see a clean desktop by hiding all the icons quickly. In this gearupwindows article, we will guide you on hiding or unhiding the desktop icons. We will also restore the Desktop icons if it is not showing or missing in your Windows 10 PC.

How to Hide or Unhide Desktop Icons in Windows 10?

Windows 10 offers to hide and unhide desktop icons in Windows 10 quickly. To do it, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Right-click on the free space on the Desktop, select View, and then Show desktop icons.

After executing the above steps, desktop icons should immediately visible.

Step 2. If you want to hide the Desktop icons completely, perform a right-click on the free space on the Desktop, select View and then uncheck Show desktop icons.

After executing the above steps, all the desktop icons will invisible immediately from the Windows 10 desktop.

How to Restore Missing Desktop icons on Windows 10?

If the above-mentioned steps do not help to restore the missing desktop icons on the Windows 10 PC, perform the following steps:-

Step 1. Open Local Group Policy Editor.

Step 2. In the Group Policy Editor window, navigate or browse for the following path from the left side pane:-

User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Desktop

Step 3. On the right side of the Desktop folder, look for the policy Hide and disable all items on the desktop. Double-click on this policy to open its settings.

Once you execute the above steps, all the desktop icons will become immediately hidden. Even you can not right-click on the desktop and perform any customization.

To make the desktop icons visible again, in step 3 above, select the Not Configured or Disable option. By doing this, you can restore the missing Desktop icons.

If your Windows 10 Desktop, Recycle Bin, and other system default icons are missing, refer to our guide on adding the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop of Windows 10.

You might also be interested in adding up macOS Dock to Windows 10.

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