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Windows 7: lost shortcuts

07 May 2012   #1
longshanks

windows 7
 
 
lost shortcuts

Morning i am running windows 7. all seems fine except every couple of days my shortcuts disappear.i turn my computer on and they have gone.i have to go to my docs then to desktop folder then transfer them back to my desktop one at a time (i don't know any other way ). can anyone help.


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07 May 2012   #2
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

Sounds like the Desktop Cleanup tool is set to act on a regular schedule. That cleans up all unused desktop shortcuts. Apparently that may have been moved up from the 60 day default to every few days?

One way of keeping that from being a problem or to simply rule it out is found in a guide for disabling the built in feature you can look over at System Maintenance Troubleshooter - Turn On or Off

Another idea would be adding a new toolbar onto the taskbar where you create and drag the shortcuts for those docs into a specific folder used for the new toolbar. Quick Launch - Enable or Disable
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08 May 2012   #3
longshanks

windows 7
 
 
lost shortcuts

Thanks for replying nighthawk. still trying to the troubleshooter advice you gave me ,
will get back to you when i solve it (if i solve it).
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08 May 2012   #4
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

longshanks,
another approach:
CCleaner | Tools icon | Startup button | Scheduled Tasks tab |
disable the entry for the clean up tool (don't know the precise wods)

Link to CCleaner in my signature.
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08 May 2012   #5
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

A funny thing came up in the search results when looking at other similar problems where one inquiry seen at desktop - Why do my shortcut icons get broken on Windows 7? - Super User brings you right back to SF's own tutorial section. Desktop Icons - Hide or Show

There are different causes for and some solutions to consider while Option Two in the guide there may be what will work for you.
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09 May 2012   #6
longshanks

windows 7
 
 
lost shortcuts

thanks to both of you for helping me.karl./nighthawk.will try both and see how i go.
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11 May 2012   #7
longshanks

windows 7
 
 
lost shortcuts

Thanks everybody i think you have solved it .i clicked on desktop, in box clicked veiw,show desktop was not ticked i ticked it and they havn't gone off since.

so you have done it once again. cheers.
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11 May 2012   #8
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64
 
 

That will do it! Wouldn't you know it always something simple! At least that was all it was.
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