desktop icons are gone!


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abigator15
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something weird happened on my computer about a half an hour ago and now all of my icons on my desktop have disappeared, as well as the task bar at the bottom. The picture I have set as my background is still there but everything else is gone. I can access different applications by pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL and everything seems to be running smoothly but everything is still gone on my desktop. It won't even let me right click on it...can anyone tell me what is going? Any advice would be much appreciated!

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Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
desktop icons are gone
Rebooting after doing the control-alt-delete thing worked for me. I had not turned off the computer in weeks!
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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can you please help me my desktop icons are gone and I can not touch the desktop with the cursor.I am touching ctrl alt delete and I can open google,instagram etc. but not show icons can someone help me
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Had the same problem. Advised to cont/alt/delete start new task type in explorer.exe. Voila. Whomever posted that advise thank you.
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Thanks man. I about flipped when this happened. I had deleted something called 7zip and everything disappeared. Following those instructions fixed everything.
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Have you read through all of the suggestions already posted here?

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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A few desktop icons have disappeared. I checked the user desktop folder and they were also not there. The icons that have disappeared are MS Access files and .pst files for outlook. The Access files are still visible when you open up MS Access and try to open a previous project, but the .pst files are nowhere to be found. Any suggestions?
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
desktop icons are gone

1)Right click in the desktop
2)Hover the cursor in the view
3)lots of options will pop out click "show desktop icons"

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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thank you ,so simple
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Year later, but god damned. Thank you.. My mum came asking me what had happened to her computer, i was at a total loss, never even knew about that button... I love you.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Oh my God THANK YOU
Natasha (not verified)
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Thankyou!!!!! I was ready to throw my computer in the trash when I couldn't get the icons to appear. I pushed "control,alt,del" then went to "new task" on the bottom right. I typed in google chrome, then once that opened I downloaded Explorer 8. After the download finished, my icons came back, just the way I left em Smile
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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mines acting the same way....does anyone have any ideas on whats going on? Mine started about 3 days ago..I too have to use cnt-alt-del to access anything..If anyone can help, it would be greatly appreciated..
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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1)Right click in the desktop
2)Hover the cursor in the view
3)lots of options will pop out click show desktop icons

samething works for gadgets too if you click on show desktop gadgets.

Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Wow, this is the best answer of all! Thank you!!
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Thanks for your help Many thanks really
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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You are a genius!!!
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Thanks! wow verry easy
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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omg this works try this
Marika from Hawaii (not verified)
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THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!! my 2 year old was watching dirt bike vids and 2 seconds after they were GONE!!!
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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I LOOVVE YYYOUUUUU!!!!!!!! thank you soooo much claunzi you literally saved my life and my downloads Laughing out loud you are AWESOME!!!!
claunzi (not verified)
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thank you for explorer.exe its awesome
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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i got it hopfully this will work for you guys to!

1.right click on your desktop
2. hover over view for windows vista
3. check show desktop icons

if that doesnt work look farther down in the comments and try some of the other stuff

Laura (not verified)
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works good for me.thanks
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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i am having the same problem everyone says to run explorer.exe the show hidden files option in tools it checked and still nothing please tell me exactly what to do because theres alot of comments contradicting eachother i have windows vista
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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A huge thank you to anonymous who posted info on Bleeping's unhide.exe.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Thanks Mr of Mrs Justmeyousee! It worked for me too, I just pressed ' control, alt and delete at the same time , went to the 'new task' and wrote explorer.exe and Pouf, the icons were back. Thanks.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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This worked great. The right click thing wouldn't work so I'm glad this option was in there. In case you are not tooo smart like me, Hit contrl alt delete and then open task manager then on the bottom right was the new task button. I had copied explorer.exe and pasted it in then hit enter and my computer worked some magic and i'mback in business.
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Thanks!!!!!!!!!!! IT workerd.. thanks a lot
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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Help task bar also gone. I cant type nothing . my screen is blank. when i ctrl+alt+Del i get a black screen
Anonymous Visitor (not verified)
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have you tried right-clicking on desktop, go to view and select show icons

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