The icons on my MacBook desktop have disappeared. Any suggestions?

All of the icons on my macbook air desktop have disappeared, but they still appear elsewhere. Any ideas on how to fix this problem?

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Can you show us what you mean here. Take a screen snapshot and post it here for us to see.

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Help us help you. The more complete the description of your problem is (what MBA you're using - there are many versions going back to '08, what OS you're using - some history, when did this problem first present and how (after an update, clean install, loaning the MBA to friend? a full compete description, the text or screen shot of any error messages) the more assistance we can provide, and, the sooner we can provide it..

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Well, I took a screenshot... But I can't figure out how to get it on here. Help? :/

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Click the Edit your Question link. In the text edit window click the last icon of the 7 options on the top left side (hovering the mouse shows "insert an image or video") upload the image and submit the revision. You still haven't identified the exact model or OS of your machine, or, when this first occurred

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It appears your shortcuts have lost there linkage back to the original files which is why you are seeing the generic icon vs the discrete icon the app or document would normally have.

This could be caused by moving or renaming the folder or the volume the original file was located.

To fix this you will need to open each shortcut and relink the original file. Right click the icon and then select Get Info Within the general section note the Original entry see if you can figure out what changed. If you see the error you may find fixing the Folder or Volume path easier than fixing all of the discrete shortcuts. If you can't fix the pathing, you'll need to use the Select New Original button to relocate the file. The other option here is to locate the files and just make new shortcuts.

Often when I see this when nothing has been altered the HD's Btree tables need repair. I would strongly recommend you boot up under an external disk and run Disk Utility to fix both the permissions and the drive. You may need to run it though a few times to get all of the errors fixed and you still may need to boot up under single user for the desktop to get rebuilt as well. But before you do this make sure you have a good backup! Lastly, you may want to defrag your HD as the table maybe badly fragmented. I like Drive Genius, there are others but I've found this is one of the better ones. Just make sure to do this last if you have a HD vs a SSD. If you have a SSD you won't have fragmentation.

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You just spoke massive Greek... :/

Can you dumb that down? At all?

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Sorry, no easy way to explan. Maybe you will find creating new shortcuts easier. Open a new finder window of your HD, then use the search function to locate by name the different apps, drag copy using the shift to create new shortcuts on your desktop.

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You may want to visit an Apple Store genius. If you need more help. Don't forget to check your drives health if the shortcuts did this on their own.

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Can YOU just check it? Lol. That seems like it would be a lot easier...

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Sorry, no Startrek transporter near by ;-)

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If all of your icons have disappeared on your Mac chances are you simply moved to another desktop or workspace. Click on "Mission Control" or search if your dock is missing as well, here you should be able to see the desktop with the icons. Hope this helps!

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"…here you should be able…" Where is "here"?

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In "Mission Control". What next?

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What worked for me on my Mac was just to go to Finder and open it. It solved the problem right there. Everything was available again.

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This is the right answer!! Thank you!!

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Go under the Apple in the upper left hand corner to Dock. Turn off hiding.

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There is no option for "hiding" to turn off... I'm confused... :/

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You forgot a step Apple Menu > System Preferences > Dock

you have to go to the system prefs first.

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I found all of mine under Finder/Home/iCloud Drive (archive)/Desktop. No idea why they disappeared but I just dragged them back out of that folder and onto the desktop.

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thank you!!!! it worked!!!!

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it worked for me too..:)

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Finder... no Home when opening Finder. Getting really frustrated with incomplete instructions. Glad it worked for you guys, but my desktop icons have disappeared... again.

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I can not thank you enough...it worked!!!!

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No one else seemed to understand it was your actual icons missing, not that they didn't work. My desktop has gone missing twice. Your fix was simple and easy to understand. It is al good now. Thanks so much. I know this is an old post but it saved me hours of frustration.

Open FINDER then on the GO menu hit HOME

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hello everyone . i had this issue

Did you Changed your user name ? if yes than try these option

first reboot the computer and force quit the finder

try finding the system preference and change the user name back to the same as it was .

for any other step you can also try my source Get Your desktop icons back

and they also have steps to get windows computer icon back

please comment and also let me know if this helps

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i'm also have this problem. my finder is not working at all. so how can i fix this problem? please help me

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Hi,

Follow the below steps to get back your desktop lost data.

Finder > iCloud Drive (Archive) > Desktop > Copy the data and paste it your Mac Desktop.

It worked for me.

Thanks!

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Thank you!!! This worked and for a non-techie like me it totally lowered my frustration level, lol. Thanks again.

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Yeah.. no. Have no idea how to do that. Thanks for asking, Brooke. Hope you get an answer.

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hey guys,

I need some help too...

I created two user accounts on my MacBook Pro 2011, I’m running MacOS High Sierra, however when you delete an account then the computer has to restart when it did, My computer isn’t showing me any icons at all, not even the dock. All I’m seeing is a desktop wallpaper.

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Lets clarify what you did here. You created account UA#1 and then a second UA#2.

You deleted UA#1 as it was the first one any alterations you setup will be lost as in addition to the visible UA there is a second account thats made under the UA#1 which is called 'Shared' so when you deleted UA#1 you also deleted it!

This gets into the differences between the first account created as well as who is an Admin user Vs Standard which you setup under the Users & Groups Pref and what the given file & folder rights are set.

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