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A trivial question that bugs me

  1. #1


    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8

    A trivial question that bugs me


    It's of no practical importance, but I've wondered about this for years. Why is it that the

    "QuickLaunch/UserPinned/Taskbar/ImplicitAppShortcuts"

    group of folders are all buried inside a folder called

    "C:\Users\(Username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer"

    even though they have nothing to do with Internet Explorer?

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  2. #2


    DeLand, FL
    Posts : 380
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Dragon,

    It's probably a designation internal to Microsoft. The desktop explorer and Internet explorer were originally intended (I think) to be two different views on the internet. Indeed, even now, in a Windows explorer you can type a URL and IE (or whatever your default browser is) will be brought up to render it. Probably just administrative. Company politics. Many design decisions are made for reasons that have nothing to do with external marketing. This looks like one of them.

    -Max
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  3. #3


    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8


    No doubt you're right. By the way, do you have any idea what the empty folder called "Implicit App Shortcuts" is meant for?
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  4. #4


    Webster NY US
    Posts : 325
    Win 7 / Win 8


    It could be due to Microsoft's wanting to (at least at one time) blur the distinction between accessing things on your local PC via file explorer and accessing things on the internet with Internet Explorer. So that organization seemed logical.
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  5. #5


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    I remember that irritating so-called "Active Desktop' in IE4 (or was it 5). Could that be what you're thinking of? Wenda.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8


    No, I never used the Active Desktop but I remember it.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon Drop View Post
    "C:\Users\(Username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer"

    even though they have nothing to do with Internet Explorer?
    Because, back in the days of Windows 98, when the quick launch was first created, it was a function of the Active Desktop, which was part of Internet Explorer.

    Even though the desktop shell is no longer associated with IE, the location has persisted.
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  8. #8


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Ah, Mystere! Great minds follow like paths. Same answer, posted at the same time.
    I didn't have the net then, and it annoyed the daylights out of me. It was the first thing I'd turn off, after Windows Messenger.
    Wenda.
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  9. #9


    DeLand, FL
    Posts : 380
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon Drop View Post
    No doubt you're right. By the way, do you have any idea what the empty folder called "Implicit App Shortcuts" is meant for?
    Folder names can be deceptive but if I parse that name for it's meaning.

    Implicit - internal or secret maybe?
    App Shortcuts - self-explanatory.

    They might place shortcut links that are not presented visibly on the desktop or in an explorer in this folder.

    -Max
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    According to here:

    Interesting Things I have found in the Windows 7 Beta ę How-To Geek Forums

    "AppData\Roaming\Quick Launch\User Pinned\ImplicitAppShortcuts - This directory does the same as above only I think it's for Windows to automatically pin things like Help and Support when they are relevent to an open program and then remove them when that program is closed."

    So it appears that this is a temporary directory used to create temporary shortcuts in certain contextual situations.
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