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Windows 7: Icons on desktop which shouldn't be there

09 Jul 2011   #11
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Lukair,

I believe that I know what location that you mean now. If so, then this is normal and they cannot be removed here. Notice my desktop does not have any icons on it, but if you click on Desktop in Favorites it shows them.

What target location did you use to create your Desktop shortcut?

If you do not want to see them, then you could use the target location below instead for the Desktop shortcut.

C:\Users\user-name\Desktop

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09 Jul 2011   #12
lukair

7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Lukair,

I believe that I know what location that you mean now. If so, then this is normal and they cannot be removed here.
What a shame...

I'm not one of those who bit** about microsoft and still use their software 24/7, but I must tell that they really try sometimes to force their ideas as much as they possibly can :P

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Notice my desktop does not have any icons on it, but if you click on Desktop in Favorites it shows them.

What target location did you use to create your Desktop shortcut?
Just went to C:\...\Desktop and create shortcut to that folder.

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If you do not want to see them, then you could use the target location below instead for the Desktop shortcut.

%UserProfile%\Desktop
Doesn't work.

Anyways... I believe that's simply a bug of win7. Any shortcut to the folder you will make, it has only the files/folders it has inside. But my theory is that when you create a desktop shortcut the settings you have in the personalization menu are not taken into account, that's why all those icons are there.

Because what would be the reason to put those icons there if you make a shortcut, but when you go directly to C:\...\Desktop there are just files/folders you have on your windows desktop?
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09 Jul 2011   #13
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I would guess that those icons show in the Desktop folder to allow them to display on the Desktop is so selected, as in Brinks post.
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09 Jul 2011   #14
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lukair View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
If you do not want to see them, then you could use the target location below instead for the Desktop shortcut.

%UserProfile%\Desktop
Doesn't work.

Anyways... I believe that's simply a bug of win7. Any shortcut to the folder you will make, it has only the files/folders it has inside. But my theory is that when you create a desktop shortcut the settings you have in the personalization menu are not taken into account, that's why all those icons are there.

Because what would be the reason to put those icons there if you make a shortcut, but when you go directly to C:\...\Desktop there are just files/folders you have on your windows desktop?
Sorry, it should have been this location below instead.

C:\Users\user-name\Desktop
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09 Jul 2011   #15
lukair

7 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Sorry, it should have been this location below instead.

C:\Users\user-name\Desktop
Oh!

You mean like I should literaly create a shortcut to "C:\Users\user-name\Desktop"??

If so, it doesn't work. And if you meant, to create a shortcut to a Desktop folder in my(lets say it's Tom) user folder, and by this token if you mean C:\Users\Tom\Desktop, then that's what I meant all the time. This is how I created a shortcut to begin with
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09 Jul 2011   #16
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

LOL, yep to the user folder itself.

The variable %userprofile% one will give you the icons in it.
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