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Deleting a shortcut to a program that no longer exists

  1. #1


    Stevo Guest

    Deleting a shortcut to a program that no longer exists

    I installed a game it placed shotcut icon on desktop.
    Game didnt install properly so uninstalled.

    Now it want let me delete the shortcut as it says that it cant find the
    program.

    How do I delete this pesky shortcut?
    There is no security info under that tab under properties it seems there is
    no way to delete this shotcut file, this is rediculas!!

    Can anyone help please thanks steve.

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    Malke Guest

    Re: Deleting a shortcut to a program that no longer exists

    Stevo wrote:
    > I installed a game it placed shotcut icon on desktop.
    > Game didnt install properly so uninstalled.
    >
    > Now it want let me delete the shortcut as it says that it cant find the
    > program.
    >
    > How do I delete this pesky shortcut?
    > There is no security info under that tab under properties it seems there is
    > no way to delete this shotcut file, this is rediculas!!
    >
    > Can anyone help please thanks steve.


    How are you trying to delete the shortcut? It sounds like you're
    left-clicking on it and perhaps have your mouse set to single-click,
    therefore the game is trying to run. Try right-clicking and then choose
    "Delete".


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    I agree with Malke, but also try right clicking your desktop & click REFRESH. Sometimes Vista just doesn't refresh that quickly & the Icon shortcut is still visible even though it's not really there. Go figure.


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    DWHgreen Guest

    RE: Deleting a shortcut to a program that no longer exists

    I also have this problem. I downloaded a program for a virtual site and
    created a shortcut. I have thoroughly uninstalled the program files. Now when
    I try to delete or remove the shortcut icon from my desktop either by
    dragging it to recycle bin or by right clicking on it and selecting delete
    from the drop-down menu, I get a message box telling me the shortcut icon
    cannot be deleted because the file does not exist. I just want to get this
    icon off my desktop. Does someone have the solution?
    --
    DWHgreen


    "Stevo" wrote:

    > I installed a game it placed shotcut icon on desktop.
    > Game didnt install properly so uninstalled.
    >
    > Now it want let me delete the shortcut as it says that it cant find the
    > program.
    >
    > How do I delete this pesky shortcut?
    > There is no security info under that tab under properties it seems there is
    > no way to delete this shotcut file, this is rediculas!!
    >
    > Can anyone help please thanks steve.

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    Bogdan Florian Guest

    RE: Deleting a shortcut to a program that no longer exists

    Try to open the shortcut... Windows will warning you that the shortcut link
    is invalid and will ask you if you want to delete that shortcut.
    Cheers...

    "DWHgreen" wrote:

    > I also have this problem. I downloaded a program for a virtual site and
    > created a shortcut. I have thoroughly uninstalled the program files. Now when
    > I try to delete or remove the shortcut icon from my desktop either by
    > dragging it to recycle bin or by right clicking on it and selecting delete
    > from the drop-down menu, I get a message box telling me the shortcut icon
    > cannot be deleted because the file does not exist. I just want to get this
    > icon off my desktop. Does someone have the solution?
    > --
    > DWHgreen
    >
    >
    > "Stevo" wrote:
    >

    > > I installed a game it placed shotcut icon on desktop.
    > > Game didnt install properly so uninstalled.
    > >
    > > Now it want let me delete the shortcut as it says that it cant find the
    > > program.
    > >
    > > How do I delete this pesky shortcut?
    > > There is no security info under that tab under properties it seems there is
    > > no way to delete this shotcut file, this is rediculas!!
    > >
    > > Can anyone help please thanks steve.

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    Re: Deleting a shortcut to a program that no longer exists

    None of this information helps at all !!!!! I have the same problem as DWHgreen Please Help!! and sorry to bring up a old post but this has all the information that dose not work and the same problems i have

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    Re: Deleting a shortcut to a program that no longer exists

    heres the thing i keep geting

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    Re: Deleting a shortcut to a program that no longer exists

    I had the same exact problem after uninstalling a program and trying to delete that oh so annoying shortcut on my desktop by dragging it to the recycling bin.

    What you can do is right-click your desktop and click "refresh". After doing this, my shortcut disappeared. Good luck!

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    Re: Deleting a shortcut to a program that no longer exists

    I followed hkim295 instructions, the shortcut is gone. thanks

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