8 Fixes | Windows Text Not Showing up!

Learn how to fix Windows text not showing up via eight solutions and how to retrieve deleted texts via Windows features or data recovery software on this page.


By Penny / Updated on April 3, 2024

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Windows text not showing up?

Windows text not showing up or text missing is a common issue after Windows updates. For example, system loading errors can cause your desktop files missing after Windows 10 update.


“I have a desktop running the latest version of Windows 10 and it has been updated. However, my amount of texts disappearing and most of my apps (Task Manager and File Explorer) is not working. Besides, the date/time goes away in the bottom corner. The only thing that works is the main settings panel. Though I’ve run a Windows defender scan, there are no threats. I’ve tried to roll back to the previous versions of Windows, which seems that is working. After the Windows update, everything works fine. But after a few hours or days, this issue happens again. My question is: how can I fix the issue of Windows 10 text not displaying and apps not working?

- A user from Microsoft Community

Are you bothered by this issue? Want to fix this matter without feasible solutions? Scroll down to find your desired fixes.

Possible causes of text missing

As stated earlier, Windows update is among the possible reasons for text missing. Please get an overview of these factors to locate your targeted solution as soon as possible.

  • Outdated graphics driver
  • Corrupted file systems
  • Antivirus interference
  • Malware or virus attacks
  • Accidental/intentional deletion

How do I show text on Windows desktop?

“My text not loading Windows 10, how do I fix Windows 10 loading problem?” Please get the detailed steps of the corresponding solution.

Fix 1. Disable or Enable ClearType

ClearType is Microsoft’s implementation of subpixel rendering technology in rendering text in a font system, which tries to improve the appearance of text on certain types of computers. So you can try to disable/enable ClearType to show texts in Windows.

Step 1. Type “ClearType” in the search bar on your PC and open it. Then click Adjust ClearType text.

Step 2. Turn on ClearType” or not as you prefer. Please remember to click the “Next” button.


You can follow the instructions on-screen and check whether your Windows text shows up or not.

Fix 2. Update driver in Device Manager

Sometimes, the outdated graphics driver can discourage texts from loading on Windows. To solve this matter, you’re supposed to update the outdated graphics driver to the latest driver released by the official website.

Step 1. Type “Device Manager” in the search bar and open it.


Step 2. Go to Disk Drives and right-click on your selected drive. Then click the “Update driver” button.


Step 3. Click the “Search automatically for drivers” button.


Fix 3. Run SFC and DISM to fix Window text not showing up

If you can ensure the file system of your texts is corrupted/damaged, you can run SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Development Image Servicing and Management) to detect errors and fix them. This solution also applies to fixing some updating files missing.

Step 1. Type “cmd” in the search bar and select the “Run as Administrator” option to open the command prompt window.


Step 2. Copy “DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth” and “sfc /scannow” in the window. Then hit “Enter” to start the process.


After the process, you can see if these Windows texts show up or not.

Fix 4. Uninstall recently installed Windows update

Windows updates could bring both improvements and potential bugs. For example, the above user needs to uninstall the recently installed Windows update because his files have been missed after Windows 10 update. Let’s show how it works.

Step 1. Press “Win + I” to open Windows Settings. Then click Update & Security > Windows Update > View update history.


Step 2. Click the “Uninstall updates” button.


Step 3. Locate the newest installed Windows update version and right-click on it. Then “Uninstall” it.


Fix 5. Perform full scan to detect viruses & threat

Malware or viruses is also major cause of Windows text missing. In this case, you’re recommended to run a full scan to remove malicious threats from your Windows PC.

Step 1. Press “Win + I” to open Windows Settings > Update & Security > Windows Security. Then locate the “Virus & threat protection” tab.


Step 2. Click the “Scan options” button.


Step 3. Tick “Full Scan” and “Scan now” to begin the scanning process.


If you need, it’s also possible for you to exclude files from Windows Defender, which can prevent files from being deleted automatically in Windows 10/11.

Fix 6. Perform a factory reset

If the first five fixes cannot show Windows texts, you can perform a factory reset to fix it. Please note that this solution is the final recourse because the factory reset will erase all the previous data, settings, and applications on your PC.

To prevent data loss, it’s necessary for you to make backups using free backup software for Windows before performing the factory reset.

Step 1. Open Windows Settings by typing “Settings” in the search bar. Then locate the “Update & Security” option.


Step 2. Click “Recovery” first. Then click “Get Started” under the Reset this PC tab.


Step 3. Select “Keep my files” or “Remove everything” based on your needs. If you need to restore your Windows, click the “Restore factory settings” button.


Step 4. Click “Next” and Reset it.

Fix 7. Retrieve deleted/lost texts from Backup and Restore

Is Windows text not showing up? If these texts have been deleted from your Windows PC, so how to retrieve deleted texts and make them reappear?

As the title suggests, valuable backups are essential to restoration. Released in Windows 7 operating system, Backup and Restore is good at file backups. These steps depict how to restore deleted/lost texts via this feature.

Step 1. Open the “Control Panel” by entering it in the search bar. Then go to System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7).


Step 2. Click the “Restore my files” button.


Step 3. Select “Browse for files” to locate the texts you want to retrieve.


Fix 8. Retrieve deleted/lost texts via data recovery software

But how to retrieve deleted texts without backup? The development of tech encourages users to get rid of time-consuming backups and switch to reliable data recovery tools.

Perhaps you can give MyRecover a shot because of its powerful functions and friendly design.   

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Judge the recovered files based on their original paths, filenames, and format.   
During Quick Scan and Deep Scan, enter filenames in the search bar to locate your desired text files or wait to find all the deleted and other lost files on your computers.
Support NTFS, exFAT, FAT32, and ReFS file systems.

Download MyRecover on your Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, or Windows Server computers to get your needed texts back!

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Step 1. After loading the disk, hover the mouse over the partition that includes the texts you want. Then click Scan.


Step 2. You can search or wait to see all the deleted and other missing files.


Step 3. Go to the Deleted Files/Other Missing Files folder, and click “Recover x files” to restore your selected txt files. Please save these recovered txt files in another drive.


Related suggestions

Is Windows text not showing up? Read the above content to get efficient fixes to solve it. For deleted texts, it’s possible for you to restore files from backups created by Windows features or free backup software for Windows, AOMEI Backupper.

On the contrary, you can seek help from top-rated data recovery software for Windows like MyRecover.

  • Please think twice before deletion.
  • Don’t empty your Recycle Bin from time to time.
  • Consider using AOMEI Backupper to back up files, folders, disks, partitions, or the system.
Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.