How to fix the Steam Game Icons Missing


Steam is a hugely popular platform for buying and playing video games. However, some users have reported missing game icons on Steam for games like Fall Guys. Thankfully, there are a few ways to fix this issue. This article will show you how to fix the Steam Shortcut Missing.

The design of these Steam Icons has changed over time as Valve has updated the Steam client. The first game icons were simple rectangles with the game’s title in a bold font. In 2010, Valve released a new Steam client version featuring round game icons with a smaller title font. Many users didn’t like this new design, so in 2012, Valve returned to the old square icons. In 2016, Valve released another new version of the Steam client with updated icons.

You can store massive games without overloading your PC’s memory. Plus, the platform allows gaming from any computer with a Steam engine installed. The app provides access to the games and forum library.

Don’t let technical glitches dampen your gaming spirit. Keep calm, troubleshoot on, and game on!

Fixing Steam Game Icons Missing or Steam Shortcut Icons Missing

We’re going to break down these methods one at a time, providing clear, step-by-step instructions. By the end of this article, you will have everything you need to quickly and effectively resolve the Steam Game Icons Missing problem.

Way 1: Fixing through Steam App

Let’s dive straight into our first method, which involves the Steam App itself. Follow these steps: 

  1. Launch the Steam app.
  2. Move to the Library tab.
  3. Find the game you want from the available list of games.
  4. Right-click on it and open Properties.
  5. Move to the Local Files tab in the new window that opens up.
  6. Hit Browse Local Files. It opens a File Explorer showing the folder with game files in it.
  7. Look for the .exe game file.
  8. Right-click on its icon and choose Copy.
  9. Right-click on your desktop screen and hit Paste Shortcut.
  10. A shortcut icon will appear on your desktop.

Voila! A shortcut icon will now appear on your desktop, effectively solving the problem of missing Steam Game Icons.

SEE ALSO: How to Fix Steam Disk Write Error

Way 2: Through Games Directory

Try the instructions below to resolve the missing Icons issue if your Steam games are installed on a different HDD.

Setup Games Directory

You have to set up your game directory before attempting to resolve the problem with the icons. To achieve your goal, follow these steps.

  1. Launch the Steam app.
  2. Go to Settings > Library Folders.
  3. Click on Add Library Folder and mention the proper path where your games are located on HDD. For example E:GamesSteamsteamappscommon.
  4. Once you have added your new directory, right-click on it and choose ‘Make Default Folder.’

SEE ALSO: How to Fix Steam Content File Locked in Easy Steps

Fix the Icons

Steam detects all games in your game’s directory. After that, you copy the game folder you want to fix the icon. Follow these steps.

  1. Please right-click on the game in your library and open its Properties.
  2. Move to the Local Files tab.
  3. Hit Browse Local Files.
  4. Copy and paste the game file on your desktop.
  5. Right-click on the same game in your library and choose to Delete Local Content.
  6. Then copy the game back into the Steam library.
  7. Click on Install via Steam Library. Now it will rediscover your game files.
  8. Create a game shortcut on your desktop (if it is not present already).
  9. Open C:Program Files (x86) Steamsteamgames, and you will see the game icons downloaded by Steam.
  10. Open the Properties of the shortcut icon.
  11. Choose the Change Icon option and locate the icon for that shortcut in C:Program Files (x86) Steamsteamgames.
  12. Hit “Apply,” and you are done!

Way 3: Verify the Integrity of Game Files

In some cases, missing game icons can result from corrupted or incomplete game files. Fortunately, Steam has a built-in feature that can help you verify the integrity of these files. Here’s how: 

  • Run the Steam client on your Windows PC.
  • Right-click on the game with the missing icon and select Properties.
  • Go to the Local Files tab in the left sidebar.
  • Click on Verify integrity of game files.

Let the process complete, and check for restored game icons on your desktop. If the issue persists, try the next fix for a seamless gaming experience.

SEE ALSO: How to Access Steam Screenshot Folder

Way 3: Clearing IconCache.DB

Sometimes, the IconCache.DB file can get corrupted, leading to missing game icons. Don’t worry, clearing this file is a straightforward process.

  1. Press ‘Windows + R‘ to open the Run dialog box and type in ‘%localappdata%‘. Press ‘Enter‘.
  2. Navigate to “Local > Microsoft > Windows > Explorer
  3. In the window that opens, locate and delete the file named ‘IconCache_[number].db‘.

Clearing IconCache.DB

Once done, restart your computer. Your system will automatically create a new IconCache.db file, and your missing game icons should now be restored.

There you have it! A simple guide to identify and resolve the common issue of Steam game icons going AWOL. We hope you found these solutions helpful. 

Adeel Younas

Adeel Younas

Adeel Younas, Editor in Chief of TechWafer, is a tech reviewer and creator specializing in PC hardware and artificial intelligence.

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