How to Fix Blank White Desktop Shortcut Icons in Windows 10 , 11

At times, you notice that certain shortcut icons on your desktop are blanked out i.e they are displayed in plain white color. It is important to note that, the apps would open and function normally. The Icons are blanked out probably because the Icon Cache is corrupted. This happens when the system is Shutdown abruptly.

If you are looking forward to fixing this issue, then simply go through the fixes listed in this article. It is better to execute the fixes in the same order as listed below.

Fix 1: Delete the Icon Cache

Step 1: Holding the keys Windows key+R will open the Run terminal.

Step 2: Type appdata and then click on “OK“.


Appdata Ok


Step 3:  In the Appdata folder, double click on the Local folder to access it.



Local Folder



Step 4: Now, Click on View from the top menu. Tick on Hidden items



View Hidden Items Min



Step 5: Scroll down and locate the Iconcache file.

Step 6: Right-click on the Iconcache file. Click on Delete.



Icon Cache Delete



Step 7: Close the Window

Step 8: Now, Press CTRL + SHIFT + Esc keys together to open task manager.

Step 9: Now, the task manager will open up


Step 10: Make sure you are in the Process tab.

Step 11: Locate Windows Explorer from the list and right-click on it

Step 12: Choose Restart from the context menu.



Task Manager Processes Windows Explorer Right Click Restart



Step 5: Restart the computer. Windows will re-build the icon cache.

Fix 2: Manually Change the Icons

This fix can be used when a lesser number of icons have blanked out.

Step 1: Right-click on the Icon that has blanked out.



Icon Properties




Step 2: Make sure you are in the Shortcut tab

Step 3: Click on the Change Icon button



Change Icon



Step 4: Select the Icon of your Choice and Click on OK


Choose Icon



Step 5: In the Properties window, click on Apply

Step 6:If you see an Access denied prompt, click on Continue



Access Denied



Step 7: Finally, click the Ok Button in the Properties window.

When there are more apps, this method can be time-consuming. So, try the below fixes.

Fix 3: Repair Windows image using DISM

Step 1: Open Run Dialog. Use the shortcut Windows logo key+r

Step 2: In the Dialog, type cmd and press Ctrl+Shift+Enter






Step 3: In the command prompt window that opens, Enter the following commands. Please don’t forget to hit Enter after each command.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth



Step 4: Restart your system and check if the Icons re-appear

If not, try the next fix.

Fix 4: Disable the tablet Mode

Many users have reported, merely disabling the tablet mode has helped them solve this issue.

Step 1: Holding the keys Windows+R, open the Run terminal

Step 2: Type ms-settings:tabletmode  and hit Enter



Ms Settings Tablet Mode



Step 3: In the appearing Settings > System > Tablet window, choose Never use tablet mode from the When I sign drop-down



Neveruse Tablet



Step 4: Restart the computer

Fix 5: Reset the Windows

Step 1: Hold Windows+R and open the Run Terminal

Step 2: Type ms-settings:recovery  and press Enter



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Step 3: In the Settings > Update & Security > Recovery window that opens, Under the Reset this PC section, click on Get Started button.



Rsest this PC



Step 4: In the Reset this PC window that opens, click on Keep my Files.



Keep my Files



Step 5: Follow the onscreen instructions as shown in the window and do the needful. Once, the PC is Reset, Check if the Camera starts working. If not try the next fix.

That’s All

We hope this article has been informative. Kindly comment and let us know which of the above fixes helped.

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