I'm using Windows 8 and have managed to lose the Desktop tile.
How do I put it back?
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From the Start screen Win+D will take you to Desktop.
To get its tile back on Start you can do the following:
Whilst on the Start screen type
Desktop. The screen will change and two items will appear.
Right click on Desktop, do not click on Remote Desktop; at the bottom of the screen, a bar appears where you can select Pin to Start, thus putting its tile (back) on the Start Screen.
In certain circumstances, the Desktop tile can disappear without being removed by the user. The other solutions to this question do not work, as the Desktop entry disappears completely from both search and the All Apps screens.
A further symptom of this scenario is that the Store tile will also disappear.
This is due to a corrupted or replaced system file. In this case:
sfc /scannowand press Enter
SFC will then scan your system files and replace the problem file. The Desktop and Store tiles should then become available.
If it fails to replace the files, you may have to perform the scan at next boot by using
sfc /scanboot then rebooting the machine. Once completed use
sfc /revert to return the tool to normal operation, or it'll scan on every future reboot.
You can type
Desktop on the Start Screen and right-click on the Desktop icon that appears and select
Pin to start
You can use the old school shortcut Win + D to go to your desktop
You can also use Alt + Shift + Esc to go to your desktop I have not tried this one in windows 8 but I guess it should work -> Win + M minimizes all windows and shows your desktop.
In some cases what happen is that you delete the
Desktop.lnk file located in
C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs or from here:
Follow these simple steps to fix the problem:
Press "Win+R" keys together to open RUN dialog box. Now copy following string in text box and press Enter:
It'll open "Programs" folder containing various shortcuts which are shown at Start Screen or "All Apps" page.
Now download Desktop tile shortcut using following Link : Its a ZIP file, extract it and you'll find a file "Desktop" in the extracted folder.
Copy "Desktop" file from the extracted folder and paste it in the "Programs" folder which you opened using step 1.
That's it. As soon as you copy the shortcut, Desktop tile will be re-added automatically to Start Screen. If you still don't see the tile, you can re-pin it using "All Apps" page. Now it'll appear on that page.