10 Fixes: Black Background Behind Folder Icons In Windows

Those black blocks behind the folder could look ugly. If you’re facing the same problem and think it is a virus, we have news for you.

Black Background Behind Folder Icons Windows10

It is something entirely simple, and you can fix it. There won’t be any error messages. All you need to do is follow ahead:

There are 10 fixes for Black Background Behind Folder Icons in Windows 10.

How To Fix Black Background Behind Folder Icons in Windows 10

  1. Change The Desktop Background Wallpaper
  2. Disable High Contrast Settings
  3. Disable The Read-Only Attribute
  4. Change The Folder’s Icon
  5. Update The Graphics Drivers
  6. Delete Thumbnail Cache By Using Disk Cleanup Tool
  7. Restore Folder’s Settings To Default 
  8. Run The System File Checker (SFC Scan)
  9. Run A DISM Scan 
  10. Try Updating Or Resetting The Windows 

1. Change The Desktop Background Wallpaper

Sometimes, changing the background image does the job because of display errors.

  • Right-click on the Main Screen.
right click menu options on desktop
  • Choose ‘Personalize.’
Selecting Personalize Desktop
choosing from different background options
  • You can also select an image. Right-click on it and select ‘Set As Desktop Background.’

2. Disable High Contrast Settings

High contrast settings don’t work best with old systems. So:

  • Right-click on the Start Menu icon.
Disable High Contrast Settings
  • Select Settings and then select Ease Of Access from the options.
ease of access in windows settings
  • Find ‘High Contract’ in the Vision section. 
high contrast from ease of access settings
  • There will be a toggle. Turn it off if it is active. 
high contrast toggle

3. Disable The Read-Only Attribute

As you know, there are many options, like View Hidden Items. Similarly, read-only can be the issue: 

  • Right-click the said folder.
selecting properties of the folder
  • Select Properties and find Attributes in the General tab. It should be at the bottom. 
attributes section in folder properties
  • Click on the box next to ‘Read-Only (only applies to files in the folder.)’ until it is blank.
  • Click on Apply and then OK.

4. Change The Folder’s Icon

Changing the folder’s icon or restoring the default icon often works wonders: 

  • Go to Properties of the folder once again.
  • Click on the Customize tab from the top options.
customize folder properties
  • There will be a Folder Icon section.
change icon for folder
  • Click on Change Icon and choose any that you like. 
choosing icons for a folder
  • Apply and click OK.
  • If that doesn’t work, return and choose the ‘Restore Default’ option.

5. Update The Graphics Drivers

Running driver updates is worth a try: 

  • Go to the Search Bar next to Start Menu.
search bar on windows 10
  • Type – Device Manager. Select to launch it.
launching device manager on Windows 10
  • Go to the ‘Display Adapters’ in the options. Expand it.
display adapters
  • Right-click the given driver and select Update.
update driver
  • Make sure to select the automatic option.
  • Let the system do the job. 

6. Delete Thumbnail Cache By Using Disk Cleanup Tool

You can try cleaning the cache files for thumbnails. They are hidden files, so you can use the Disk Cleanup tool: 

launching disk cleanup on Run command
  • Hit the enter button on your keyboard. 
  • In the files to delete, uncheck everything.
files to delete section in disk cleanup
  • Select Thumbnails. 
selecting thumbnails to delete icon cache
  • Then click on OK.
  • It might show you a prompt. Click Delete Files and let the tool do the job. 
  • Restart the system. 

7. Restore Folder’s Settings To Default

Some third-party apps, or you, might have changed settings for file explorer. So, it is worth restoring the folder’s settings:  

  • Open the Folder.
  • In the top options (File, Home, Share, View), select View.
view tab in the folders
  • Select the ‘Options’ at the end (right side) of view commands.
clicking on options in view
  • A new window will pop up. Go to General Tab. 
  • At the bottom, you will see Restore Defaults.
restore folder settings to default
  • Click on it, provide permission, then press OK. 

8. Run The System File Checker (SFC Scan)

This is one of the best tools to fix Windows file problems: 

  • Launch the command prompt. Search for it in the Start Menu. Right-click on it and select ‘Run As Administrator.’
launching command prompt
  • Type the following command in the command prompt window: SFC / scannow 
system file checker taking place
  • Hit enter and let the system do the work. 

9. Run A DISM Check 

DISM is a higher-level scanner like SFC that can fix the issue

  • You can once again launch the Command Prompt. You can also use Windows PowerShell for DISM.
  • Type and hit enter: DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
launching a DISM health on Windows command prompt
  • If the scanner finds something, type: DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
command prompt DISM scan
  • Press Enter

10. Try Updating Or Resetting The Windows 

If you have tried everything, this is the last resort: 

  • Use the keyboard shortcut. Press Windows + I Key to launch Windows Settings.
  • Find Update & Security from the options.
update & security
  • Select Windows Update and then click on ‘Check For Updates.’
check for updates
  • If you have available updates, click on ‘Install Now.’
  • If you have Windows 11 Installation available, you can also try it.

Conclusion – Black Background Behind Folder Icons Window

Generally, clearing the icon cache does the job. If it doesn’t, then you can try other solutions. We hope that this fixes the unappealing error of black blocks. If nothing works, just reinstall windows. 

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