The desktop (Win+D) is your home screen and working space in Windows that contains the taskbar and any icons (ex: shortcuts, files, folders, etc…) you add to and arrange on the desktop.
The desktop is basically just a folder that shows the contents of yourÂ %UserProfile%\DesktopÂ folder and theÂ C:\Users\Public\DesktopÂ folder.
Normally when the contents of the desktop changes, it will auto-refresh by default. Sometimes, the desktop does not auto-refresh though, and you may need to manually refresh the desktop.
You may need to manually refresh your desktop if:
This tutorial will show you how to manually refresh the desktop for your account in Windows 10 and Windows 11.