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Desktop Icons won't delete.

  1. #1


    J K Guest

    Desktop Icons won't delete.

    Hi there,
    after i delete or transfer a file from the desktop, the icon remains there
    however is unselectable as the file has been deleted.

    icons are then stacked upon eachother and you can't see what your clicking.

    i have tried restarting my computer, etc but it has remained for a few days.

    thanks.


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  2. #2


    R. C. White Guest

    Re: Desktop Icons won't delete.

    Hi, J K.

    The easy answer is to just drag the icon to the Recycle Bin. Or right-click
    on the icon and click Delete; Vista will remind you that deleting the icon
    does not delete the application, but that's what you want, isn't it?

    If you tell us the name of the program or icon, we might have some specific
    advice. You said "a file"; if you really mean a file, not a program, then
    the steps might be different, depending on what kind of file it is. A few
    icons have special significance in Vista and must be removed in a different
    way.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@grandecom.net
    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail beta in Vista Ultimate x64)

    "J K" <JK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:E180A157-B7B6-462F-8815-9B01987271D3@microsoft.com...
    > Hi there,
    > after i delete or transfer a file from the desktop, the icon remains there
    > however is unselectable as the file has been deleted.
    >
    > icons are then stacked upon eachother and you can't see what your
    > clicking.
    >
    > i have tried restarting my computer, etc but it has remained for a few
    > days.
    >
    > thanks.



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  3. #3


    J K Guest

    Re: Desktop Icons won't delete.


    Hi there, thanks for that, but that wasn't the problem. i must not have
    expressed myself correctly.
    there are some icons on my desktop (some that i have deleted and some that i
    have not), such as 'recycle' 'computer' 'network' 'microsoft works',
    2xfolders & internet explorer that have appeared on my desktop however you
    cannot click on them (left or right click), nor can you drag/open, etc. they
    merely seem to be apart of the desktop bakground rather than actual
    folders/programs on the desktop.

    hence there is, for example: 2 copies of internet explorer, one that i can
    click on & one that i cannot. (same goes for all the other icons).

    thanks,
    jack.


    "R. C. White" wrote:

    > Hi, J K.
    >
    > The easy answer is to just drag the icon to the Recycle Bin. Or right-click
    > on the icon and click Delete; Vista will remind you that deleting the icon
    > does not delete the application, but that's what you want, isn't it?
    >
    > If you tell us the name of the program or icon, we might have some specific
    > advice. You said "a file"; if you really mean a file, not a program, then
    > the steps might be different, depending on what kind of file it is. A few
    > icons have special significance in Vista and must be removed in a different
    > way.
    >
    > RC
    > --
    > R. C. White, CPA
    > San Marcos, TX
    > rc@grandecom.net
    > Microsoft Windows MVP
    > (Running Windows Live Mail beta in Vista Ultimate x64)
    >
    > "J K" <JK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:E180A157-B7B6-462F-8815-9B01987271D3@microsoft.com...
    > > Hi there,
    > > after i delete or transfer a file from the desktop, the icon remains there
    > > however is unselectable as the file has been deleted.
    > >
    > > icons are then stacked upon eachother and you can't see what your
    > > clicking.
    > >
    > > i have tried restarting my computer, etc but it has remained for a few
    > > days.
    > >
    > > thanks.

    >


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  4. #4


    dean-dean Guest

    Re: Desktop Icons won't delete.

    The Desktop is actually a glorified interface for two folders:

    C:\Users\(Your Name)\Desktop
    and
    C:\Users\Public\Desktop (which is hidden).

    If you have the same file in each folder, they will both show up on your
    Desktop. The Public Desktop should be owned by the Administrator and
    C:\Users\(Your Name)\Desktop should be owned by the user.

    If you are the Administrator, can you navigate to these folders using
    Windows Explorer and delete them there? If your context menu is gone (which
    is another issue), can you select one, and use Organize > Delete? If the
    files aren't in those folders, but they are on your desktop, try going to
    Control Panel > Personalization and then click on Display Settings. Change
    the Colors to a lower setting (e.g., from Highest to Medium). Then do the
    same again, and reset Colors back to the way it was originally.

    If that doesn't work, try deleting the (hidden) IconCache.db file under
    C:\Users\(Your Name)\AppData\Local\ and restart your computer. A new one
    will be built automatically.

    "J K" <JK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:C7EDFD42-1730-4B16-A765-6D184BBE57EC@microsoft.com...
    >
    > Hi there, thanks for that, but that wasn't the problem. i must not have
    > expressed myself correctly.
    > there are some icons on my desktop (some that i have deleted and some that
    > i
    > have not), such as 'recycle' 'computer' 'network' 'microsoft works',
    > 2xfolders & internet explorer that have appeared on my desktop however you
    > cannot click on them (left or right click), nor can you drag/open, etc.
    > they
    > merely seem to be apart of the desktop bakground rather than actual
    > folders/programs on the desktop.
    >
    > hence there is, for example: 2 copies of internet explorer, one that i can
    > click on & one that i cannot. (same goes for all the other icons).
    >
    > thanks,
    > jack.
    >
    >
    > "R. C. White" wrote:
    >
    >> Hi, J K.
    >>
    >> The easy answer is to just drag the icon to the Recycle Bin. Or
    >> right-click
    >> on the icon and click Delete; Vista will remind you that deleting the
    >> icon
    >> does not delete the application, but that's what you want, isn't it?
    >>
    >> If you tell us the name of the program or icon, we might have some
    >> specific
    >> advice. You said "a file"; if you really mean a file, not a program,
    >> then
    >> the steps might be different, depending on what kind of file it is. A
    >> few
    >> icons have special significance in Vista and must be removed in a
    >> different
    >> way.
    >>
    >> RC
    >> --
    >> R. C. White, CPA
    >> San Marcos, TX
    >> rc@grandecom.net
    >> Microsoft Windows MVP
    >> (Running Windows Live Mail beta in Vista Ultimate x64)
    >>
    >> "J K" <JK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:E180A157-B7B6-462F-8815-9B01987271D3@microsoft.com...
    >> > Hi there,
    >> > after i delete or transfer a file from the desktop, the icon remains
    >> > there
    >> > however is unselectable as the file has been deleted.
    >> >
    >> > icons are then stacked upon eachother and you can't see what your
    >> > clicking.
    >> >
    >> > i have tried restarting my computer, etc but it has remained for a few
    >> > days.
    >> >
    >> > thanks.

    >>



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