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Windows 7: W7 keeps deleting my excel ss desktop icon whenever I update it??


27 Feb 2014   #1

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W7 keeps deleting my excel ss desktop icon whenever I update it??

Whenever I update my Excel speadsheet after first opening it by clicking the desktop icon. It then deletes the desktop icon when I save the sheet. It only does it with this particular icon. If I try copying the ss from another backup location back onto the desktop it says 'this is a duplicate copy'. Can anyone help. Thanks

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02 Mar 2014   #2

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Hello, just to be sure we understand the problem.

"Whenever I update my Excel speadsheet after first opening it by clicking the desktop icon"

This icon is a shortcut to the Excel program itself, or it is the particular spreadsheet you are working on (updating)?

"It then deletes the desktop icon when I save the sheet."

You save the updated excel spreadsheet, also to the desktop, and no icon at all is now on the desktop?

If I read you correctly, you have a saved spreadsheet on the desktop. After updating it and saving the changed spreadsheet to the desktop, no icon for it is found, and when trying to copy a duplicate to the desktop, it appears as if Windows thinks the saved spreadsheet is indeed already on the desktop, just not visible? Sound right?

Is this a new behavior that started recently, or has this always been the case?

If you navigate to your desktop folder, does the spreadsheet show there?

C:\Users\(User name)\Desktop

Here's something to try if they show in the desktop folder itself. Navigate to

C:\Users\(User name)

and right click on the Desktop folder> Properties> Under Attributes> Select Hidden and Apply and OK

Now undo that, untick Hidden and Apply and OK, any change?

A Guy
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02 Mar 2014   #3

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Certainly try what A Guy has suggested & if that fixes your problem that would be great.

If you work on more than one spread Excel spreadsheet from time to time, then the best way is to set up a folder in your documents library called Excel Spreadsheet & then move all your spreadsheets into that folder. Now right click on the Excel Spreadsheet folder in your documents library & select send to the desktop (create shortcut) from the menu.

This will create a shortcut on the desktop that will open the Excel Spreadsheet folder & show all your saved spreadsheets, so you can select any one you want to work on. Once you have opened one you can select any other spreadsheet from that folder from the thumbnail in the task bar to work on at the same time if you wish. I use this method frequently as I can go from one spreadsheet to another very quickly, or have 2 or more open at the same time.

Now if you right click on the new icon on the desktop you can select Properties & then Change Icon & scroll though the icons displayed to select one to your liking for the new desktop icon.
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02 Mar 2014   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Hello, just to be sure we understand the problem.

"Whenever I update my Excel speadsheet after first opening it by clicking the desktop icon"

This icon is a shortcut to the Excel program itself, or it is the particular spreadsheet you are working on (updating)?

"It then deletes the desktop icon when I save the sheet."

You save the updated excel spreadsheet, also to the desktop, and no icon at all is now on the desktop?

If I read you correctly, you have a saved spreadsheet on the desktop. After updating it and saving the changed spreadsheet to the desktop, no icon for it is found, and when trying to copy a duplicate to the desktop, it appears as if Windows thinks the saved spreadsheet is indeed already on the desktop, just not visible? Sound right?

Is this a new behavior that started recently, or has this always been the case?

If you navigate to your desktop folder, does the spreadsheet show there?

C:\Users\(User name)\Desktop

Here's something to try if they show in the desktop folder itself. Navigate to

C:\Users\(User name)

and right click on the Desktop folder> Properties> Under Attributes> Select Hidden and Apply and OK

Now undo that, untick Hidden and Apply and OK, any change?

A Guy


Thanks A Guy. Yes that's exactly right and the ss is in the Desktop. However I can find no 'Attributes' under Desktop folder properties?
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02 Mar 2014   #5

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Does the spreadsheet show in the Desktop folder?

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Towards the bottom of the General tab. No use if the spreadsheet doesn't show in the folder. A Guy


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02 Mar 2014   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Does the spreadsheet show in the Desktop folder?

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Towards the bottom of the General tab. No use if the spreadsheet doesn't show in the folder. A Guy
Thanks A Guy. You wouldnt believe how many times I looked at that screen and didnt see 'Attributes' .

I did that and now the ss shows on the desktop after updating it but it's put it at the top left hand corner and wont allow me to move it. Other icons can be moved but this one goes through the motions ie, it appears on the cursor tip and moves with it to a new position but then goes back to the top left. It's only this icon that does it. Others move where I put them. Perplexing or what.

I can live with it but it's underneath my Nexus taskbar and I dont want to move that. Thanks again.
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02 Mar 2014   #7

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

The position of desktop items (shortcuts/files/folders) is stored in the registry. This area sometimes barfs. It can be reset via the steps in this tutorial:
Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default
You might want to install Desktop Restore as mentioned in that tutorial's note.
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02 Mar 2014   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
The position of desktop items (shortcuts/files/folders) is stored in the registry. This area sometimes barfs. It can be reset via the steps in this tutorial:
Folder View Settings - Reset All to Default
You might want to install Desktop Restore as mentioned in that tutorial's note.
Thanks but it didnt work. It still goes back to the top left after saving.
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02 Mar 2014   #9

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Wow. That is interesting.

As you said - you can live with it - but, if you want to play a bit more:
...use the Windows (file) Explorer to move the file to your Documents folder
...create a new text file on your desktop
...move it to the top left position
...restart the computer
(which writes the desktop item locations to the registry)

Now move the spreadsheet file back to the desktop.

Maybe the text file will prevent the spreadsheet from going to the top left position.
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02 Mar 2014   #10

Windows 7 home
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by UsernameIssues View Post
Wow. That is interesting.

As you said - you can live with it - but, if you want to play a bit more:
...use the Windows (file) Explorer to move the file to your Documents folder
...create a new text file on your desktop
...move it to the top left position
...restart the computer
(which writes the desktop item locations to the registry)

Now move the spreadsheet file back to the desktop.

Maybe the text file will prevent the spreadsheet from going to the top left position.
OK tried that too but still no go. Saving it with the new text file located at top left places the ss to the right of the text file. It will let me move it though BUT after rebooting it goes back to the top left! Damn thing has a life of it's own.
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