Ah! that does indeed sound like active desktop then as pc moron linked to. right click on your desktop to bring up properties, go to desktop tab, then Customise Desktop button, and choose the Web tab. Is there anything listed and ticked in the 'Web pages:' box? If so unselect it and delete it if you dont want it again, and click OK
don't understand why but I went to do the Ctrl/Alt/del you suggested & it brought up the 'end task' box so I selected it & then 'end task'came up again & I clicked that & the desktop & icons all appeared again. So I have no idea why it happened in the first place or why it all went right again but I'm sure the active desktop is not on as I wouldn't know how to do that,& when I rightclicked, then properties, as you said I only get the display properties box appear & desktop tab is on that.As long as it doesn't happen again I'm happy, so thanks for your suggestions as you have helped me get it right again still thicko when it comes to computers;so very glad theres always help from you lot out there regards to all xxxmarch
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