If all your Chrome bookmarks icons have gone blank then you can bring them back by following these instructions.
Occasionally you may find that the bookmarks bar & folders in Chrome changes, by replacing all the icons with a blank page icon. The missing icons (also known as favicons) are automatically grabbed by Chrome when you add the webpage to your bookmarks and are a very useful visual guide to help you select the bookmark faster.
If you edit the text within a bookmark to reduce space in the bookmarks bar, then you will know that it is possible to remove the text entirely and rely solely on the icon to navigate bookmarks. If all your bookmark icons have gone blank then you are really in trouble, and there is no way to tell where they lead unless you prepared to hover over each one.
The way to remove this glitch when it happens is to make sure you end all background processes in Chrome. The number & type of background processes varies from user to user, because it depends on how many Extensions and Apps you have installed from the Chrome Web Store. This means that Chrome may behave differently from user to user and in some cases cause Chrome to develop glitches. Some stubborn glitches will only go away if you remove the offending Extension or App, but other glitches can go way simply by closing & re-opening Chrome or restarting your computer. However in order for the closing & re-opening method to work, you will need to be sure that all background processes have ended when closing Chrome.
You can find out whether Chrome background processes are still running when you close Chrome by right clicking on the Windows taskbar, and selecting the ‘Task Manager’. If you see a long list of chrome.exe processes still running then you know that Chrome is still running in the background when closed.
The reason why these background processes are still running is because they have been selected to stay on in the Chrome Advanced Settings. This is a useful feature because it allows some services to still notify you with pop-up alerts from the system tray, even if the Chrome browser is closed.
The easiest and quickest way to ensure you end all Chrome background processes when closing Chrome, is to click on Chrome options menu (top right hand side) and select ‘Settings’, then scroll down to the bottom and click on ‘+ Show advanced settings’, then scroll down to the bottom again where you will see the section marked ‘System’ with the option to untick ‘Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed’.
Once you have unticked this option you will be able to close Chrome and end all running processes. When you re-open Chrome you should now find that all the missing bookmark icons have returned and Chrome is back to normal.
We hope this resolved your particular problem with the Bookmarks icons in Chrome, but if you found a different way please tell us about it in the comments below.