Fix: Desktop Icons Show Only Text in Windows 10

November 16, 2016 updated by Admin Leave a reply »

“All Desktop icons shows only text, my start menu doesn’t work, and my taskbar only show the icons on the right! I tried it in Safe Mode, and still the same! Please help me!!”

All your desktop shortcuts are showing text only, without any icons? However, you can still click the shortcut text to open Windows Explorer or your application. In this tutorial we’ll show you a simple way to fix the desktop icons missing problem in Windows 10.


How to Fix: Desktop Icons Show Only Text in Windows 10?

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run box. Type regedit and press Enter.


  2. In the left pane of Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Icons
  3. Right-click on Shell Icons and select either Delete or Rename (rename it to whatever you want).


  4. Reboot your computer and you’ll find all your desktop icons are coming back. It’s that simple!