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Fix: Empty File Appeared on Windows 10 Desktop – Technipages

At times, unexplainable things happen in the Windows 10 universe. For example, a blank file with no name may suddenly appear on your desktop. That’s quite strange, don’t you think?

Want to hear something stranger? You can delete this mysterious file as many times as you want, it always comes back like some kind of zombie.

Why is There an Empty File on My Desktop?

Empty files on the desktop are usually remnants of old Microsoft Office installations.

If you try to edit the file properties, you’ll see that is not actually a real file. Right-click on it and you’ll see there’s no Properties option available in the context menu. You only have three options: Cut, Create Shortcut and Delete. You can’t even hide that file. That’s because it’s not a file, it’s a system icon.

How to Permanently Delete Empty Files From Desktop

Method 1

  1. Open the Registry Editor and navigate to the following path:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerDesktopNameSpace
  2. Locate all the 138508BC-1E03-49EA-9C8F-EA9E1D05D65D and 0875DCB6-C686-4243-9432-ADCCF0B9F2D7 occurrences.
  3. Remove all of them.

Other users fixed this problem by removing the following key: [HKEY_USERSUserNameSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerCLSID].

clsid registry editor windows 10

Method 2

  1. Launch the Registry Editor and go to this path:
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorerMyComputerNameSpacenamespace key registry editor windows 10
  2. Right-click on NameSpaceExport → save it to your desktop as NameSpace.
  3. Then right-click NameSpace again and delete the key.
  4. Select Yes when prompted to permanently delete the key.
    • Rest assured, even if you get an error, the files inside the NameSpace key have been removed.
  5. Return to your desktop. Double-click on the NameSpace file. By doing so, you’ll import the files back to the Registry.

Method 3

  1. Launch File Explorer and click on View.
  2. Then click on Options ( far right corner).file explorer view options
  3. Click the View tab and go to Advanced settings.
  4. Uncheck Always show icons, never thumbnails if it’s ticked. If the option is not ticked, check the box, hit OK, and then go back and uncheck it.

file explorer always show icons never thumbnails

Method 4

  1. Open the Control Panel and select View by Icons, not Category.
  2. Then go to System.control panel system
  3. Go to Advanced System Settings (left pane).
  4. Click on the Advanced tab, go to the Performance section, and select Settings.system properties advanced
  5. Locate the option called Show Thumbnails instead of thumbnails instead of icons
  6. Check if it’s ticked. If it is un-ticked, tick it and hit OK. If it is already ticked, uncheck the box, hit OK. Repeat, tick it, and hit OK.

Let us know if you managed to permanently remove the empty files from your Windows 10 desktop.

This post was written by Madalina Dinita and was first posted to Technipages

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