How to Find a Lost Firefox or IE Icon

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There are various reasons a Firefox or Internet Explorer icon might go missing from the Desktop. Its pretty easy for someone to accidentally delete the icons when cleaning up, and browser upgrades sometimes remove the icon. In Internet Explorer 7 and up, desktop icons are not installed by default. Here are some methods for finding your icons and putting them back on your desktop.

Find a Missing Firefox Icon in Windows XP

  • Click the "Start" button. Move your mouse up and click on "All Programs." Look for a group icon called "Mozilla Firefox." Click on the "Mozilla Firefox" group icon.

  • Choose the "Mozilla Firefox" icon on the right side of the menu. Right-click the icon and select "Copy" from the menu. Move your mouse to a blank spot on your Desktop. Right-click in the space and select "Paste." Double-click the new icon to make sure that it opens the Firefox browser.

  • Double-click "My Computer" on your desktop if you were unable to find the Mozilla Firefox icon in your Programs menu. Open the "C:" drive and look for "Program Files." Open "Program Files" and browse to a folder called "Mozilla Firefox."

  • Open the "Mozilla Firefox" folder. Right-click the "firefox.exe" icon. Select "Create Shortcut" from the menu. Scroll down to the bottom of the window. Look for an icon called "Shortcut to firefox.exe."

  • Select the "Shortcut to firefox.exe" icon and right-click on it. Select "Copy." Paste the icon to your Desktop. Open it to make sure it works.

  • Search your hard drive for "firefox.exe" if you can't find it in Program Files. Click the "Start" button. Select "Search" from the menu. Type "firefox.exe" in the window.

  • Create a shortcut to the found file "firefox.exe." Paste it to your Desktop. If the file can't be found, use Internet Explorer to go to Mozilla's website. Download and install Firefox.

Find a Missing Internet Explorer Icon in Windows XP

  • Click the "Start" button. Click on "All Programs." Look for an icon called "Internet Explorer." Right-click the icon. Select "Copy" from the menu.

  • Find a blank space on your Desktop and right-click on it. Select "Paste" from the menu. You should see a new icon called "Internet Explorer." Double-click it to make sure that it works.

  • Open "My Computer" on your Desktop if you were unable to find the Internet Explorer icon in "All Programs." Double-click the "C:" drive. Double-click "Program Files." Open the folder named "Internet Explorer."

  • Select the "iexplore.exe" icon and right-click on it. Choose "Create Shortcut" from the menu. Scroll down to the bottom of the window. Right-click the "Shortcut to iexplore.exe" icon. Click "Copy."

  • Paste the icon to your Desktop. Open it to make sure it works.

  • Click the "Start" button and select "Search" from the menu if you are unable to find the "iexplore.exe" icon in your Program Files folder. Search for "iexplore.exe." Locate the file. Right-click it to create a shortcut. Paste the shortcut to your Desktop.

Find a Missing Internet Explorer Icon in Windows Vista

  • Click the "Start" button. Select "Run." In the "Run command" box, type "regedit.exe."

  • Look for the key ""HKEY_CURRENT_USER." Click twice to open it.

  • Navigate to "Software" and open it. Open "Microsoft," "Windows," "CurrentVersion," "Explorer," "HideDesktopIcons" and "NewStartPanel."

  • Open the "{871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D}" key on the right side of the screen. Change the value to "0" to show the icon on your Desktop.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're sure Firefox was installed and it's now missing, run a virus scan.
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