Controls icons disappeared in the Toolbox of VS 2019 Community

Dr. Abdullah Odeh 21 Reputation points

I'm using VS 2019 Community under windows 10 to develop a Windows Forms App (.NET Framework). Once I R-Clicked the ToolBox and select "Reset ToolBox", all icons in the ToolBox has amazingly disappeared! I tried to restart VS once with the privileges of my user account and once with the administrator privileges, but the problem remains the same.

I searched MS Q&A for answers that can solve my problem but found none. The ToolBox still appear as follows:


Also I reset VS settings from: Tools -> Improt & Export Settings -> "reset all settings", but the problem remains.

Your help to reclaim ToolBox icons is appreciated.

Thank you.

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  1. Jiachen Li-MSFT 10,911 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hi @Dr. Abdullah Odeh ,
    You can try the following steps and see if it solves your problem.

    1. Adjust the computer resolution to 100% zoom.
    2. Delete all TBD files.
    3. Restart the computer, and open Visual Studio.

    TBD files are located in C:\Users\USERPROFILE\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\VisualStudio\YOURVERSION.
    To show the hidden TBD files, open Windows Explorer, select View, then check the "Hidden Items" box.
    Hidden files, including your TBD files, should now be visible.

    Hope this could be helpful.
    Best Regards.
    Jiachen Li


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  1. Viorel 82,911 Reputation points

    If you do not have specific settings and customisations, then try finding the "Visual Studio Installer" in Start menu, where you can repair the Installation using "More" button.