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Windows 7: Can't remove pinned docs from network locations

03 Sep 2015   #1

windows 7, 64 bit
Can't remove pinned docs from network locations

I'm using windows 7, 64 bit and MS office professional plus 2010, excel version 14, 32 bit.

I have excel pinned on the start menu, and have pinned an excel document to the submenu (recent documents). The issue is that it was on a network I no longer have access to.

I can't unpin it, which is annoying to me because I should be able to unpin it, and every time I accidentally click on it, my computer takes a long time to respond in which windows is presumably searching for it

I've tried pressing the pin button next to it that says unpin. I've tried right clicking on it and clicking "unpin from this list." I've searched for the shortcut, found one that may or may not have been it, deleted it.

It's still there.

I've tried clicking properties and hitting "hidden," that pops up an error message. I tried setting it to open with firefox, the X in the icon just winked at me somehow.

I tried dragging it to the desktop. My computer thought about that one a long time. Then it again realized it wasn't there and told me so three times.

I've tried doing some of these steps without any network connection, wired or wireless, in the hopes that my computer would realize "\\[the ip address]\[the path]\the immortal document.xls" absolutely can't be found, but it still failed to remove it.

I should hit restart just to see if my computer just needs a good nap before finally coming to the acceptance phase of it's spreadsheet grief.

After that, the only step I can think of is to fly back to Chicago, bust into my old job, plug it in, and put the network admin into a chokehold until he lets my computer back on the network. Which I don't want to do because he and my former boss are nice people and also plane tickets are expensive, but more than that, I want this little icon gone.

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03 Sep 2015   #2

windows 7, 64 bit

PS. Rebooted. Still there. Also forgot that every time I boot windows, an error message pops up along the lines of "could not connect to your network locations." Any suggestions for how to get my computer to forget that too?
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