Enable Desktop Icons in Windows 10 Creators Update In earlier Windows versions, the Desktop had important icons enabled by default - This PC, Network, Control Panel, the User files folder were all visible by default. Windows 10 tries to fix that problem with a separate full-screen tablet mode that it hopes will soothe angry desktop users. Tablet mode is a new feature that should automatically activate (if you want it to) when you detach a tablet from its base or dock. The Start menu then goes full screen as do Windows Store apps and Settings. To add a new desktop, click the “New Desktop” button at the bottom right of the screen. Windows 10 allows you to create as many desktops as you need. We created 200 desktops on our test system just to see if we could, and Windows had no problem with it. That said, we highly recommend you keep virtual desktops to a minimum.
It’s also important to note that in tablet mode, the Desktop is unavailable. When you open for example, File Explorer, it will only appear maximized.
Desktop Icons Disappeared Windows 10
If you want your app icons to appear on the taskbar in tablet mode, you can show or hide them in the “Tablet mode” settings. We recommend showing app icons unless you really like a clean taskbar.Full-screen mode in Windows 10 is a lot less annoying than it was in Windows 8 because now you can access you apps, folders, and settings with just a simple click of your mouse button. In this screenshot, we’ve clicked the upper-left corner to show our most used apps, folders, and so on.You can also click the “All apps” button in the bottom-left corner to see and launch any of your installed applications.Remember, in tablet mode, the desktop won’t be available though you will be able to still access the desktop folder through File Explorer. Otherwise you can use your computer and all its applications as you normally would.The advantage to tablet mode will obviously be that it’s far more appropriate to touchscreens because of all the big targets it provides for our fat fingers. The one big caveat for most people may still be the fact that you’re dealing with the Start screen as the primary interface, though it does retain enough desktop elements that it will hopefully not be too confusing for most users.If you have any questions or comments you would like to share with us about Windows 10, please leave your feedback in our discussion forum.