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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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    Texas
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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 eightforums.com/tutorials 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 profile...do 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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    Ohio
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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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