Windows 10: Right-click not working on desktop icons (but works everywhere else)

Discus and support Right-click not working on desktop icons (but works everywhere else) in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; I'm new to Win10 (just migrated from Win7). Running Win10 version 1909. For any icon on my desktop, right-click does not work. Windows times-out for... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by akfocus, Jan 13, 2020.

  1. akfocus Win User

    Right-click not working on desktop icons (but works everywhere else)


    I'm new to Win10 (just migrated from Win7). Running Win10 version 1909.

    For any icon on my desktop, right-click does not work. Windows times-out for maybe half a minute and then restores my screen.

    However, right-click works everywhere else, including on any blank space on the desktop, on the Start button, and in the taskbar, on any menu and within File Explorer.

    When I initially updated to Win10 yesterday, right-click worked on the desktop icons too. I tried tweaks (with Winaero Tweaker, Open Shell and StartIsBack) and may have screwed something up with one of those.

    The problem also occurs in Safe Mode. I ran SFC /Scannow, and it found no problems.

    Do you have any idea what option settings or registry changes I might try?

    :)
     
    akfocus, Jan 13, 2020
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  2. Remove Linux Desktop Icons

    I am not sure whether this will work (Ubuntu does not have icons like that on the desktop by default), but I suggest opening the trash bin and sweeping the icons into the window showing the trash bin.
     
    Peter1986C, Jan 13, 2020
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  3. Desktop Icons Won't Stay Put

    Hi Laurie,

    As per the issue description I understand that you are facing issues with desktop icons.

    I suggest you try the following step in order to arrange the icons.

    • Right click on the desktop.
    • Click on view
    • Check the option auto arrange icons.
    Let us know if this helps.

    Thanks.
     
    Divya Murugan, Jan 13, 2020
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  4. Right-click not working on desktop icons (but works everywhere else)

    Desktop icons

    Greg,

    I deleted IconCache but when I went to see if it worked by moving an icon on my desktop and then right clicked to refresh, the icon did not move back. It seems like there is a step missing where I need to save the positions of the icons on my desktop. Any
    other suggestions?

    Lou
     
    LouisPadula, Jan 13, 2020
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