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Document shortcuts on Desktop

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    Document shortcuts on Desktop

    I just started using Windows 8, so I don't know where everything is. However, I would like to use the Desktop for short cuts to documents I use frequently. I can put them there all right, but when I try to use them again, I get message something like: "the document to which this shortcut points has been moved or deleted", and then asks me if I should delete the shortcut, which I do since obviously it no longer works. Is there a way I can put documents on the desktop, and retrieve them whenever?

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    ​What kind of documents ?
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    word processing documents - the first ones I tried were WordPerfect documents, but there is also a .pdf I'd like to put there.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Quote Originally Posted by Marianne View Post
    word processing documents - the first ones I tried were WordPerfect documents, but there is also a .pdf I'd like to put there.
    Try putting the actual documents on the desktop or in a new folder.
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    Windows 8.1

    However, I would like to use the Desktop for short cuts to documents I use frequently.
    I would suggest the Quick Launch Bar which allows you to place anything you want there. Right now, I have shortcuts to my computer, storage drive, Browsers, Thunderbird, a folder containing files I use daily, a word document (sans folder), bla bla bla, etc.

    Quick Launch is the best of both worlds and I haven't been able to do without it since XP? when it was introduced. I can set it up with my eyes closed, since I've put it on a number of computers; however, rather than tell you how here, just go to and click on Q, which will show you two sets of instructions. If, however, you want more information, look down beneath the sticky threads to "Windows 8 - Tutorial Index. Click on that, then click on Q and you'll find more info on Quick Launch.

    As I said, I can't live without it . . . and I think it will solve your dilemma, because you'll be able to do what you described.
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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition

    Hi Marianne,

    and welcome to Eightforums!!!

    There are a lot of good messages here about alternatives. But it seems to me like you want to use the shortcuts on your desktop.

    It sounds strange to me that a shortcut of a file that exists on your pc won't work after a while. Ofcourse, when you move or rename the existing file the shortcut won't work, but I'm sure you knew that already.

    Since Windows 8 is more cloudbased I wonder... are the files you link to saved on you pc or 'in the cloud'? And your Windows you use the OFFLINE version, or the cloudbased profile?

    I think the origin to your problem might have something to do with this.

    Hope this will help you!
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    Windows 8 Pro

    Here's what I do and it seems to work well for any app. Whenyou're on the Start page, right-click the app/tile. Down on the bottom will bean option to Open File Location. Click on that which will take you to the filewhere you can right-click and choose Sent to Desktop as Short cut.
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    I haven't been here for a while, but thanks to those who suggested I use Quick Launch; I eventually found out how to use it, and really it. Thank you to everyone who responded and tried to help me.
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