Desktop files showing in File Explorer Desktop folder but not on my desktop


Memsahib

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I do have my data on drive D and have changed the location from C. It was working fine but somehow a confusion with Onedrive desktop and local desktop have made it so that when I save a file to D:\Users\Name\desktop they are no longer showing on my desktop, but are in the desktop folder in FE. Yes, I have set view hidden icons . One suggestion was to stop backing Desktop to Onedrive but all that has done is remove Desktop as an option under my Personal folders. There seem to be so many other people having the same problem and I have tried a few of the suggestions but I still have the problem of saving documents or downloads to teh desktop. Other icons like Recycling Bin and Control panel show. There are regular reports and lists that I like to download to my desktop so I have easy access and so really hope that there is someone who can help me sort this problem out! Thanks in advance!
 
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That is odd, because regardless of where you tell your PC where your desktop folder resides, as long as right click desktop context menu “view/show desktop icons” is checked, they should show.
 

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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
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    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
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    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
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There are actually 2 desktops and if restrictions are in place, they might not be shown.
Code:
%SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Desktop
%USERPROFILE%\Desktop
Taking ownership of them might help. Run CMD as admin and copy/paste:
Code:
takeown /s %computername% /u %username% /f "%SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Desktop" /r /d y
icacls "%SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Desktop" /inheritance:r
icacls "%SystemDrive%\Users\Public\Desktop" /inheritance:e /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
takeown /s %computername% /u %username% /f "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /r /d y
icacls "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /inheritance:r
icacls "%USERPROFILE%\Desktop" /inheritance:e /grant:r %username%:(OI)(CI)F /t /l /q /c
 

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    Windows 11 Home
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    PC/Desktop
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    AMD Ryzen 5 3600 & No fTPM (07/19)
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    MSI B450 TOMAHAWK 7C02v1E & IFX TPM (07/19)
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when I save a file to D:\Users\Name\desktop they are no longer showing on my desktop, but are in the desktop folder in FE
This sounds, to me, like a description of a Refresh problem.
Have you Refreshed the Desktop?
- right-click on the Desktop & select Refresh,
or
- press the F5 key.



Denis
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447
Thanks everyone for all suggestions. None of which made any difference. Tried CMD suggestion and all except 2 were denied. Could this be because my data is on D drive and the changes were on C? Did restart my PC. I have used Stardock Fences App for several years and beginning to wonder if some changes in that may be to blame. All previous files saved are still in their 'Fence'. Only new files being saved not showing.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Zenbook 13
    CPU
    Processor 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1165G7 @ 2.80GH
    Memory
    Total Virtual Memory 18.1 GB
    Hard Drives
    500gb ssd
    Keyboard
    Wired
    Mouse
    Wired
    Internet Speed
    53Mbps download
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
when I save a file to D:\Users\Name\desktop they are no longer showing on my desktop, but are in the desktop folder in FE
Are they being saved to C:\Users\Name\Desktop?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 15 9510
    CPU
    11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-11800H @ 2.30GHz (16 CPUs
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
    Hard Drives
    512GB Solid State Drive
    Browser
    Chrome
Thanks everyone for all suggestions. None of which made any difference
Are you saying that Refresh did not make any difference?
And that rebooting did not make any difference?

If the files are in your Desktop folder - by default in C:\Users\%UserName%\Desktop - but are not being shown in the Desktop you look at on your screen then one explanation would be that you have "relocated" your Desktop folder.
Have you?
You can check by running regedit.exe and looking at the Desktop entry in this Registry Key
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders



Denis
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447
Again thanks to everyone who has responded. No not on C:\ Drive . I have had my Asus Zenbook laptop Win 11, with partitioned hard drive for well over a year and it has been working fine, but I feel one of the most recent Win 11 updates has affected how Onedrive is working and it seems to have changed the settings. I have ensured that the folders including Desktop are set 'always keep on device" - and while I want the benefits of using Onedrive, beginning to think perhaps I should unlink it for a while and see if that sorts out the issues.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus Zenbook 13
    CPU
    Processor 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-1165G7 @ 2.80GH
    Memory
    Total Virtual Memory 18.1 GB
    Hard Drives
    500gb ssd
    Keyboard
    Wired
    Mouse
    Wired
    Internet Speed
    53Mbps download
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    MS Defender
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