Windows 10: White desktop icons

Discus and support White desktop icons in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; Sometimes, this desktop icon you can see it in the screenshot would just turn white, but it happens only after certain system reboots etc. I had the... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by Marinel Cipu, Mar 3, 2021.

  1. White desktop icons

    Sometimes, this desktop icon you can see it in the screenshot would just turn white, but it happens only after certain system reboots etc. I had the same issue with other shortcuts before and I had to go to the original path of certain programs and create a new one from there in order to have a normal icon on my desktop.
    Why is it happening? My windows is up to date, version 20H2, I ran a sfc and it didn't say anything about an issue or so.

    Thanks in advance!

    Marinel Cipu, Mar 3, 2021
  2. MCK
    mck Win User

    Cannot change desktop icon

    Sometimes a desktop icon changes from what it was to a plain white folder. Might be something I did but not sure what.

    To change it to the icon I want, I go:
    1. Rt-click icon > Properties > Change icon
    2. I select the icon I want from the thumbnails of icons.
    3. Click OK
    4. Click Apply
    But the icon does not change. It just stays looking like a white folder.
    HOWEVER, if I pin the icon to the taskbar, the icon on the taskbar does look like the icon I selected in step-2. So the change is registered with Win10 but the icon on the desktop just doesn't change.

    Any ideas on how to fix this?
  3. 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, Mar 3, 2021
  4. White desktop icons

    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.

    Divya Murugan, Mar 3, 2021

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