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Where are the Desktop icons?

  1. #1


    BRod Guest

    Where are the Desktop icons?

    When I use Windows Explorer to look for Desktop icons in Vista Home Premium,
    I can't find a Desktop folder in the C:/Users/Public folder, even though the
    properties on the icon I'm looking for says that this is where it is located.
    Is there some new twist from XP that I've missed that hides these files?

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  3. #2


    Charlie42 Guest

    Re: Where are the Desktop icons?

    "BRod" <BRod@xxxxxx> wrote:

    > When I use Windows Explorer to look for Desktop icons in Vista Home
    > Premium,
    > I can't find a Desktop folder in the C:/Users/Public folder, even though
    > the
    > properties on the icon I'm looking for says that this is where it is
    > located.
    > Is there some new twist from XP that I've missed that hides these files?
    The Desktop folder in \Users\Public is hidden by default.

    How to see it in Windows Explorer: Tools > Folder Options > View tab > Show
    hidden files and folders.

    Charlie42


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  4. #3


    Rick Rogers Guest

    Re: Where are the Desktop icons?

    Hi,

    It should be C:\Users\Public\Desktop, but you may need to set folder options
    to view hidden and system folders. Have you tried simply typing it into the
    address bar?

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com

    "BRod" <BRod@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:E29B1804-CA9F-4777-933C-676B6805A513@xxxxxx

    > When I use Windows Explorer to look for Desktop icons in Vista Home
    > Premium,
    > I can't find a Desktop folder in the C:/Users/Public folder, even though
    > the
    > properties on the icon I'm looking for says that this is where it is
    > located.
    > Is there some new twist from XP that I've missed that hides these files?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #4


    Robin Guest

    Re: Where are the Desktop icons?

    I thought Desktop was at the top of the tree. On my Vista I see Desktop
    and all the icons, then Computer and after that c:\ and the other drives. I
    have my explorer set to classic view.


    "BRod" <BRod@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:E29B1804-CA9F-4777-933C-676B6805A513@xxxxxx

    > When I use Windows Explorer to look for Desktop icons in Vista Home
    > Premium,
    > I can't find a Desktop folder in the C:/Users/Public folder, even though
    > the
    > properties on the icon I'm looking for says that this is where it is
    > located.
    > Is there some new twist from XP that I've missed that hides these files?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #5


    Robin Guest

    Re: Where are the Desktop icons?


    I thought Desktop was at the top of the tree. On my Vista I see Desktop
    and all the icons, then Computer and after that c:\ and the other drives. I
    have my explorer set to classic view.


    "BRod" <BRod@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:E29B1804-CA9F-4777-933C-676B6805A513@xxxxxx

    > When I use Windows Explorer to look for Desktop icons in Vista Home
    > Premium,
    > I can't find a Desktop folder in the C:/Users/Public folder, even though
    > the
    > properties on the icon I'm looking for says that this is where it is
    > located.
    > Is there some new twist from XP that I've missed that hides these files?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #6


    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin] Guest

    Re: Where are the Desktop icons?

    You are not gonna find one because there is no such account as Public, the
    Public directory is shared with multiple users who want to share files.
    --
    Andre
    Blog: http://adacosta.spaces.live.com
    My Vista Quickstart Guide:
    http://adacosta.spaces.live.com/blog...3DB!9709.entry
    "Robin" <greetings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:OoYSQl0XIHA.4440@xxxxxx

    >
    > I thought Desktop was at the top of the tree. On my Vista I see Desktop
    > and all the icons, then Computer and after that c:\ and the other drives.
    > I
    > have my explorer set to classic view.
    >
    >
    > "BRod" <BRod@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:E29B1804-CA9F-4777-933C-676B6805A513@xxxxxx

    >> When I use Windows Explorer to look for Desktop icons in Vista Home
    >> Premium,
    >> I can't find a Desktop folder in the C:/Users/Public folder, even though
    >> the
    >> properties on the icon I'm looking for says that this is where it is
    >> located.
    >> Is there some new twist from XP that I've missed that hides these files?
    >


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  8. #7


    forty-nine Guest

    Re: Where are the Desktop icons?

    "Robin" <greetings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:OoYSQl0XIHA.4440@xxxxxx

    >
    > I thought Desktop was at the top of the tree. On my Vista I see Desktop
    > and all the icons, then Computer and after that c:\ and the other drives.
    > I
    > have my explorer set to classic view.
    >
    >
    > "BRod" <BRod@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:E29B1804-CA9F-4777-933C-676B6805A513@xxxxxx

    >> When I use Windows Explorer to look for Desktop icons in Vista Home
    >> Premium,
    >> I can't find a Desktop folder in the C:/Users/Public folder, even though
    >> the
    >> properties on the icon I'm looking for says that this is where it is
    >> located.
    >> Is there some new twist from XP that I've missed that hides these files?
    >

    Right below "desktop" on my PC, is my user name folder, then public.

    If you don't see it there...expand c: , then open users


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  9. #8


    Chris Game Guest

    Re: Where are the Desktop icons?

    On Fri, 25 Jan 2008 07:40:20 -0500, Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin] wrote:

    > You are not gonna find one because there is no such account as
    > Public, the Public directory is shared with multiple users who
    > want to share files.
    There's a C:\Users\Public folder, and it's a yellow one rather than
    a blue one in Explorer so I guess it's real, not a system artifact.

    --
    Chris Game

    "Common sense is that layer of prejudices which we acquire before
    we are sixteen." -- Albert Einstein

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  10. #9



    Newbie
    Join Date : Jan 2008
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    Vista Home Premium 64
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    Re: Where are the Desktop icons?

    Does any one know why an icon suddenly disappears? That happen on my wife's desktop to the Firefox icon. Can't seem to get it back, even though it works fine on my desktop (we share a computer). BTW, already tried "change Icons" in the properties dialog box, no luck.

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  11. #10


    Rick Rogers Guest

    Re: Where are the Desktop icons?

    Hi Robin,

    The special properties of the Desktop folder allow it to be shown at the top
    of the folder tree, but its actual location for each user is
    C:\Users\<user>\desktop.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    My thoughts http://rick-mvp.blogspot.com

    "Robin" <greetings@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    news:OoYSQl0XIHA.4440@xxxxxx

    >
    > I thought Desktop was at the top of the tree. On my Vista I see Desktop
    > and all the icons, then Computer and after that c:\ and the other drives.
    > I
    > have my explorer set to classic view.
    >
    >
    > "BRod" <BRod@xxxxxx> wrote in message
    > news:E29B1804-CA9F-4777-933C-676B6805A513@xxxxxx

    >> When I use Windows Explorer to look for Desktop icons in Vista Home
    >> Premium,
    >> I can't find a Desktop folder in the C:/Users/Public folder, even though
    >> the
    >> properties on the icon I'm looking for says that this is where it is
    >> located.
    >> Is there some new twist from XP that I've missed that hides these files?
    >

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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