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Windows 7: unable to cut a file and paste it to windows 7 desktop


09 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bits Family
 
 
unable to cut a file and paste it to windows 7 desktop

Hi,


I cannot cut a file from a folder and paste it to the desktop. The cut works but when I paste to the desktop nothing happens. The same cut operation works from a folder to any other folder, but not to the desktop.


I have Windows 7 Family on a Toshiba Satellite P500 laptop.


Thank you for your help


Cheers

Chris

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09 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

If you press F5 on your keyboard while on the desktop does it show up?
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10 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 64 bits Family
 
 

No, nothing happens.
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10 Oct 2012   #4

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Hello Sylvestre, welcome to the Seven Forums.

First, open both desktop folders <SYSTEMDRIVE>:\Users\Your_Username\Desktop and <SYSTEMDRIVE>:\Users\Public\Desktop to see if the file is there. For example if your Windows is as by default installed on C: and your username is Sylvestre, your personal desktop folder is at C:\Users\Sylvestre\Desktop, and the Public Desktop folder can be found at C:\Users\Public\Desktop.

If the file can be found in one of these Desktop folders but not on Desktop itself, there simply are only two explanations:
  1. If you have turned Desktop icons off
    Follow instructions on this tutorial to turn them on again: Desktop Icons - Hide or Show
  2. If the file icon or shortcut is hidden under other elements of desktop
    Right click an empty spot on desktop to open Desktop Context menu, select View > Auto arrange icons. This arranges icons in even rows and columns and you should see your file. Also if you have some gadgests on desktop set to always stay on top, move them to see they are not covering your icons
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Kari


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11 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 64 bits Family
 
 

The file is not in the Desktop folder either.
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11 Oct 2012   #6

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sylvestre View Post
The file is not in the Desktop folder either.
You checked both desktop folders, yours and public?
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11 Oct 2012   #7

Windows 7 64 bits Family
 
 

Yes both.
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11 Oct 2012   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Open notepad, excel or any other windows porgram and save a file to <SYSTEMDRIVE>:\Users\Your_Username\Desktop
Works? Is it now in that location? Visible on desktop as well?
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11 Oct 2012   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Open notepad, excel or any other windows porgram and save a file to <SYSTEMDRIVE>:\Users\Your_Username\Desktop
Works? Is it now in that location? Visible on desktop as well?
That's a good idea to test.

Remember, systemdrive is C: if you have installed Windows on default location.

Kari
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11 Oct 2012   #10

Windows 7 64 bits Family
 
 

Yes, I can see it in that location and on the desktop.
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