I’m running Windows 10 (Enterprise, 21H1), and, for unknown reasons earlier this morning, the desktop began displaying in list view. I understand that many people love this, and so the general advice being sought is how to enable it (apparently this feature was removed at some point in Windows 10?). I, however, am looking to disable it.
My desktop now has a bar running across the top (of all three monitors) with column headers (Name, Size, Item type, Date modified) that I can click on to sort the icons. Furthermore, the icons all have checkboxes (though this is not the case on any other Explorer window or folder), and folders do not show up on the desktop (though they do if I open the Desktop folder in an Explorer window).
I can change the view to large icons, medium icons, small icons, etc, and this has no effect (other than to hide the icons unless I choose “tile” mode). The bar across the top and the checkboxes remain in all modes.
I have run the sfc tool, and while this found minor issues (mainly some ACL overlaps and a problem with a start menu link), it did not correct the problem.
How in the world do I get my desktop back to “normal” view?