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Windows 7: Desktop icons copy when I move them


25 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Desktop icons copy when I move them

I am new to Windows 7. For some reason, when we move our desktop icons, they copy themselves. My son had the entire screen filled with copies of 5 icons! How do I stop copying the icons when they are moved?

Thanks for any help!


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25 Jan 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

It happens to me sometimes when I get a bit carried away with my mouse clicks. I have to slow down & pay more attention.
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26 Jan 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I was wondering why it did it, but even when I'm trying to do it slowly, it still does it and I'm not sure how to stop it!
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26 Jan 2012   #4

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

How are you moving the icons?
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26 Jan 2012   #5
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Yes ! Are you, by any chance, holding control key while moving the shortcuts ?
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26 Jan 2012   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

While dragging the icon or after release, does windows show any sort of pop-up message, overlay or menu? Or does it simply duplicate without any other sort of indication at all?
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26 Jan 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

All I am doing is clicking on it, holding the click, and moving it. I'm not at my laptop at the moment, but when it moves, it says something to the effect of "Copy to desktop" or something like that. I am not holding down the control button, just moving the icon.
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26 Jan 2012   #8

XP / Win7 x64 Pro
 
 

Just clicking and dragging something in Windows 7 will copy it, it will not move it. To move it, you can right click and drag to the appropriate spot, then select Move.
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26 Jan 2012   #9

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Ok the "Copy to desktop" comes up when the control key is pressed while dragging like Arc said. So maybe the control key on your KB is stuck or busted or something? Or easy to press when you are using the mousepad (If this is a laptop?).
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