Show desktop icons in Windows 10

Your desktop icons may be hidden. To view them, right-click (or press and hold) the desktop, select View and select Show desktop icons. To add icons to your desktop such as This PC, Recycle Bin and more:

  • Select Start  > Settings  > Personalization > Themes > Desktop icon settings.

  • Under Desktop Icons, check the boxes next to the icons you would like to have appear on your desktop. 

  • Select Apply and OK.

    Screenshot of the Settings Personalization tab and Desktop Icon Settings menu
  • Note: If you are in tablet mode, you may not be able to see your desktop icons properly. You can find the program by searching for the program name in File Explorer. To turn off tablet mode, select action center  on the taskbar (next to date and time), and then select Tablet mode to turn it on or off.