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Windows 7: Cannot remove a Recent Places desktop icon

08 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7
Cannot remove a Recent Places desktop icon

Running Windows 7 I somehow ended up with a "Recent Places" link and icon on my desktop. I can't move it to the trash or delete it.

How can I remove the "Recent Places" icon from my desktop?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Aug 2009   #2


Open Computer and drag recent places to your Favorites in the sidebar

and then don't forget refresh your dekstop..

it works
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 7

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate

Thanks for the info...
I just experienced the same problem.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

Thanks, weirdest error ever
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Feb 2010   #6


One more thanks!

Just found this forum trying to solve this specific problem. Looks very useful! The MSFN forum has become very little help, at least to me.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
20 Mar 2010   #7

windows 7
Remove Recent Place from Desktop Another Solution

I just ran into this annoying problem as well. I have a clean desktop (icon free) and like it this way. If you do to, this solution should work for you.

Go into control panel, appearance and personalization, personalization. Click on change desktop icons on the left. Mine were all unchecked, so I turned them all back on and hit apply. It made the recent place icon disappear. I then unchecked all the boxes again and hit apply. Voila! Clean desktop again.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 x64 and x86

Thanks, just experienced this wired problem!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 x64

I had the same problem, but wanted to completely remove the recent places icon and link so that my activities could not be tracked...

I went to c:\users\<username> and deleted the links folder, and that did the job permanently
My System SpecsSystem Spec
28 Aug 2010   #10

windows 7 64 bit
Thanx JackyB

yous is da only 1 dat wouked. Thanx
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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