How to fix the printer icon not showing in Windows 10

If you find that the printer icon is missing from the desktop or does not appear on the Devices and Printers screen, below are the steps to fix the printer icon not appearing issue in Windows 10.

Printer icon not showing up in Windows 10

The problem that the printer icon is missing from the desktop and does not appear on the Devices and Printers screen has been reported by users.

This problem is usually reported after upgrading the computer to Windows 10 from a previous version and also after installing a Windows 10 update.

While the issue of the missing printer icon on the desktop can be fixed by creating a new shortcut, the issue of the printer icon not showing on the Devices and Printers screen requires more troubleshooting.

1. Fix the missing printer icon on the desktop

If the printer icon is missing from the desktop, you can easily create a new shortcut to the printer.

1. Open Control Panel > click Show devices and printers Shortcut.

View devices and printers option in Windows

2. On the next screen, right click on the Printer and select create link Possibility.

Create a printer shortcut in Windows

Note: If the printer icon is not displayed on this screen, follow other methods (2 to 5) as given below.

3. In the popup, click the Yes Button to create a desktop shortcut.

Create shortcut popup in Windows

The printer icon should now be visible on your computer’s desktop.

2. Troubleshoot the printer

If the printer icon does not appear on the Devices and Printers screen, try the printer troubleshooter.

1. Go to settings > Updates & Security.

2. Select on the next screen Troubleshooting in the left pane. In the right pane, scroll down and click Printer > Run the troubleshooter.

Run the printer troubleshooter

3. Allow Windows to find and fix the printer problems on your computer.

2. Update the printer drivers

1. Right click on the Start button and click device manager.

2. On the Device Manager screen, expand Printer Entry > right click on your Printer and click update drivers Possibility.

Update printer driver

Restart your computer and see if the printer icon is now visible.

4. Activate the Bluetooth support service

The problem can also be caused by the Bluetooth support service being disabled on your computer.

1. Right-click beginning click and click To run.

2. In the Run Command window, type Services.msc and click OK.

Open Windows Services using the Run command.

3. On the next screen, right-click Bluetooth support service and click beginning.

Start the Bluetooth support service

Restart your computer and check the Devices & Printers screen.

4. Activate the device installation service

In many cases, the problem is usually due to the device installation service or other services related to the device being disabled.

1. Right-click beginning click and click To run.

2. In the Run Command window, type Services.msc and click OK.

Open Windows Services using the Run command.

3. Double-click on the next screen Device Installation Service (if it is disabled).

Device installation service in Windows

4. In the pop-up window, change the startup type to Manual > click Apply & OK.

Change the Device Installer service startup type

Next, ensure that the following device-related services have the Windows default startup type.

  • Device Mapping Service – Manual (Trigger Start)
  • Device Management Enrollment Service Guide
  • Device Setup Manager – Manual (Trigger Start)
  • DevQuery Background Discovery Broker – Manual (trigger launch).

5. Edit registration

If the above methods didn’t help, creating a new registry key for the printer in the Desktop and Control Panel folders may help fix the problem.

Note: It is highly recommended that you back up the registry or create a system restore point before proceeding with this step.

1. Open the registry editor on your computer and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\NameSpace

2. Right click on namespace > select New > button.

Create new registration key

3. Name the new key as follows: {2227a280-3aea-1069-a2de-08002b30309d}, which is the CLSID for the printers folder.

4. Choose New key in the left pane. In the right pane, edit the value of Default key to Printer.

Close the registry editor and restart your computer.

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