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Show Internet Explorer Desktop Icon

Show Internet Explorer Desktop Icon

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This is our first Fix it Knowledge Base article. This is a huge step in automatically fixing an issue without needing to manually walk through the steps provided in the KB.

If you landed on this page hopefully you had a great experience. If you did encounter an issue or would like to provide feedback feel free to post a comment or email us.

  • I am really excited to announce that our first FixIt KB article is live.

  • IE icon will not diplay on desk top as short cut

  • I tried the download,it went through process,reboot system but still no icon.

  • We are currently working to update the fix to account for two additional scenarios we uncovered.

    1) If you right mouse click on your desktop and select view is show desktop icons checked? If it is not then running the fix will not put the icon back on the desktop since all icons are hidden.

    2) Enable access to this program is not selected

    On Windows XP: Select your start menu and select Set Program Access and Defaults. Drop down custom and confirm that “Enable access to this program is checked”.

    On Windows Vista: Select your start menu and select Default Programs. Select Set Program Access and Computer Defaults. Drop down custom and confirm that “Enable access to this program is checked”.



  • Still no "special" IE shortcut like there was before.

    I do not know how or why it was removed but I would like it back.

    Running the "Fix it" wizard does not work, even though it says it was successful.

    I can see all my other icons on the desktop.

    IE is my default browser and access is enabled.

    When searching for a solution, I see so many "fixes" with registry settings and different steps to take, none of which ever work.

    The only thing I can do is create a generic shortcut to IE but that is not what I want.

  • Thank you for taking the time to post a comment. We re-released a newer version of the Show Internet Explorer Desktop Icon Fix it this evening. Can you try running the updated Fix it from to see if it resolves your issue?



  • Thank you for providing a new version.

    Unfortunately, there was no affect.

    No IE icon and no option in the Desktop Items dialog.

  • Thank you trying the new Fix it.

    Can you let me know what operating system you are running along with the service pack? If it is Windows XP do you happen to have an "Unused Desktop Shortcuts" folder on your desktop? If so is there an Internet Explorer.{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} folder listed? If the folder is listed you can drag and drop it back on the desktop to get the Internet Explorer icon back.



  • WinXP Pro Build 2600.xpsp_sp3

    I do not have an "Unused Desktop Shortcuts" folder on my desktop.

  • Thanks for the reply,

    I was just working with another developer on this and he showed me a reg key change that can cause the IE icon to appear and disappear.

    Open Registry Editor and navigate to this key >


    Check to ensure the value is set to 0xffffffff.

    Please give this a try and let us know if it helps.


  • Correction 0xffffffff  will hide the icon. So if you see it as 0xffffffff then try setting it to 0x24

    Apologies for the confusion!  :-o)

  • The current hex value is shown as 100024 when editing the value data, and shows as 0x00100024 in the data column. Is that the same as 0x24?

    What exactly, when changing the value data, should I put?

  • 0x00000024 should be the data value shown in the column. To ensure it is the correct value type in 24 to the Data Value and make sure it is set to Base Hexadecimal. Also it should be Type REG_DWORD.

    Do you have Active Desktop enabled? If so, try disabling Active Desktop and giving the Fix It solution another try.

    You can reply to me directly by sending email to

    Once we resolve the issue then we can post back to this blog.

  • I do not have Active Desktop enabled.

    After changing the value in the registry, the icon appeared after a refresh. Thank you for your help.

  • I tried the fixit and the registry tweak. I get the icon back but when I double click it all it does instead of opening ie it creates another shortcut on my desktop.

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