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Windows 7: How to delete shortcuts on user account desktop

12 Feb 2015   #1
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 
How to delete shortcuts on user account desktop

I have just created a new user account and selected a desktop background image. So far, so good.
When one logs on to this new account the desktop contains several "shortcuts" to programs which, I prefer, not be available to this account.

I write "shortcuts" enclosed in quotes because they are not like the shortcuts on my personal account. The latter I can delete at will and only the desktop shortcut is deleted, without having any effect on the target program.

On the new user account, attempting to delete a shortcut requires administrator permission and then advises that the target program will also be deleted. Checking the Properties confirms that the icon is indeed a shortcut, but it doesn't behave like one.

How can these shortcuts be removed from the new user desktop?


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13 Feb 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Is the new account an Admin account ?

Why are there icons on this new account ?

Who put them there ?
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13 Feb 2015   #3
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Is the new account an Admin account ?
No, standard user account.

Why are there icons on this new account ?
Damned if I know. They duplicate some of the icons on my Admin acct. desktop.

Who put them there ?
Microsoft, I guess. I certainly didn't.
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13 Feb 2015   #4
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 

Need to revise my description of what happens when I delete a shortcut from the new user account desktop.

It does not affect the target program.

However it removes the same shortcut from my personal (admin) accout desktop. And if I create a new shortcut and place it on my desktop, it reappears in the new user account desktop.
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13 Feb 2015   #5
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

The shortcuts you are taking about are probably on the "C:/Public" Desktop which is for everyone. Move the shortcuts to your own desktop directory.
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13 Feb 2015   #6
blumesan

Win 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
The shortcuts you are taking about are probably on the "C:/Public" Desktop which is for everyone. Move the shortcuts to your own desktop directory.
Thanks, I will try that.
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