Various desktop shortcuts are missing(windows 8.1)

  niccster10 01:07 17 Feb 2019

I was uninstalling some old programs that I didn't use a while ago. Right when I was about to click onto another program to uninstall it, suddenly a whole bunch of desktop icons went missing throughout my desktop(but only on my right monitor as far as I can see). Not only are my programs not showing up but they are missing from the desktop folder altogether. I have turned off hidden files in windows and run a virus scan. After spending a while on google i still have no idea what happened.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:45 17 Feb 2019

Right click an empty area of the desktop and select Refresh

do the icons reappear?

  niccster10 18:33 17 Feb 2019

Yes i have tried refreshing

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:54 17 Feb 2019

Power - Restart (not shut down)

do they appear after a restart?

  niccster10 05:28 18 Feb 2019

No, they don't. I have tried all of the very obvious things. I have restarted my computer multiple times, I have refreshed, I have restarted windows explorer, I have loaded up desktop layout backups from desktopOK, I turned off hidden files, i have turned on and off auto arrange icons.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:30 18 Feb 2019

I take it you can run the programs from their own folders and its just the shortcuts that are missing.

  niccster10 22:01 18 Feb 2019

Yes, it is just the shortcuts that are missing as far as I know.

  KEITH 1955 22:23 18 Feb 2019

why not just go to your list of programs and drag out the short cuts again

  niccster10 23:48 18 Feb 2019

Because I happen to not KNOW what I am even missing in the first place. If a random and completely mixed set of shortcuts disappear from the 117 that i have then i am definitely not going to be able to tell all of which ones disappeared, let alone list all the programs

  KEITH 1955 08:39 19 Feb 2019

If you got 117 short cuts i would have thought it quicker to type what ypu want into search box , must be quicker than searching your desktop , anyways , when you sort it out do what i do , i take print screen print outs of all my desktop and folder layouts so if something goes missing i can quickly work out what gone walkabout.

  wee eddie 08:45 19 Feb 2019

I admit to only having 7 Shortcuts on my Desktop.

About 20 years ago, while searching my desktop for a program I'd downloaded about a month previously, I said, "Stuff this for a lark" and picked it off Windows Alpha/numeric list, which took me milliseconds.

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