Fixing broken Steam desktop icons

June 21st, 2020

If your Steam desktop icons are showing up as “.url” files without their associated icons, then follow these steps.

  1. Type “Default apps” into the Windows search bar and open the app.
  2. Scroll down and click “Choose default apps by file type”.
  3. Scroll down to find “.URL”.
  4. Choose “Internet Browser” for the default.

Steam Choose Default App

One potential cause for this issue can be the removal of Internet Explorer from Windows using “Turn Windows features on or off”.