Works! How to Restore Microsoft Edge (Chromium) Missing Desktop Icon

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If you use Microsoft One Drive to sync multiple computers there can be a random issue where the Windows 10 Microsoft Edge short icon either the Edge Shortcut Icon goes missing or just looks wrong. After fruitless searching, I finally worked out how to fix this, solution below. This works and will get you the Microsoft Edge on your desktop that will also sync on both Windows 10 computers. You will need to do the last few steps on both computers to get it perfect.

How to get the Microsoft Edge (Chromium) Desktop Icon

  1. On the Windows 10 Desktop, Right Click and select New – Shortcut.
  2. In the new window, you want to browse to the address below (just cut and paste it in).
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe"
  1. Click Next.
  2. When asked to type a name for the shortcut, type “Microsoft Edge” (with no quotes).
  3. Click Finish.

Once you have the icon, you’re not yet done! Trust me!

  1. Now right click on the new icon and select Properties.
  2. Click Change Icon.
  3. Select the Edge Icon (it’s the first one). Click OK, then OK again.
  4. Now right click on the Edge Icon again.
  5. At the top of the list, select “Always keep on this device”. This keeps the shortcut local to your PC.

You’re done!

Tip: There’s one more step if you use Edge on multiple Windows 10 computers. Start your other Windows 10 computer that is syncing the desktop via OneDrive and wait 10-15 seconds. Once it syncs, you will have the shortcut but not see the Edge icon on that computer. Instead you will have an icon that that looks something like paper. To turn that into a proper icon, repeat steps 6-10 above and you’re all done!

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