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Desktop icons location

  1. #1


    UK
    Posts : 28
    7 Ultimate with a little bit of 8

    Desktop icons location


    Hi all

    When navigating to windows explorer > desktop folder it shows me icons but none of these appear on my desktop
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    Is this correct ?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Pauly,

    Yep, this is normal. The true location of the desktop is the C:\User\(user-name)\Desktop (only your user account) folder and the hidden C:\Users\Public\Desktop (all users) folder.

    The Desktop link under Favorites in the navigation pane just happens to also show the default icons that will normally only show on your true desktop if you had turned them on. That's all.
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  3. #3


    UK
    Posts : 28
    7 Ultimate with a little bit of 8


    Thanks shawn, perfect answer

    Sorry to ask such a lame question I tried adding them manually and then it showed duplicate icons in the favourites>desktop folder

    Much better now, cheers
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome. See my signature about questions.
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