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Show classic desktop icons in Windows 10

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The desktop icons are hidden on Windows 10 and to view them, you need to change a quick setting on your Windows PC. These icons are not on the desktop anymore, but they are still present in the OS.

If you feel nostalgic about it and want the old icons back on the desktop, it’s possible. Take a look at how it’s done.

To view classic desktop icons in Windows 10, follow these steps.

  1. Hit the Windows key and click on the Settings gear icon on the left side of the Start menu. You can also press the keyboard shortcut Windows + X to open the Start menu.
  2. Go to Settings -> Personalization -> Themes on the left side.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and under Related Settings, select Desktop icon settings.
  4. Choose the icons you would like to have on your desktop, then click Apply and OK.

Now right-click the desktop, select View, and then select Show desktop icons in case the icons don’t show up.

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