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Solved Duplicate Desktop Shortcuts in File Explore Folders Panel


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#1
Using Windows 8.1... there are (6) Links in the File Explorer Folders Panel...
Desktop
Desktop
Downloads
Music
Pictures
Videos

Both of the Desktop links take me to D:\Documents\Desktop, which is where I moved my Desktop location to.

I was supposed to move the location of the Documents link to D:\Documents but apparently I changed it to D:\Documents\Desktop as well, causing the link name and location problem.

It worked with my previous installation of Windows 8.1 so I must have messed up this time.

The odd part is when I try to restore the default location, they both show it as C:\Users\...\Documents. So I tried to change the location of one to D:\Documents and ended up with the contents of that folder on my Desktop. Took a while to fix but I'm hesitant to make any more blind changes.

Any help?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer V3 771G-6443
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD4000 + GeForce GT 730M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" Generic PnP Display on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 pixels
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
    ADATA SSD SP900 128GB
    PSU
    90 watt brick
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Antivirus
    Comodo
    Other Info
    Asus RT-AC56R dual-band WRT router (Merlin firmware). Intel 7260.HMWWB.R dual-band ac wireless adapter.

popeye

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Glad it worked for you! :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer V3 771G-6443
    CPU
    i5-3230m
    Motherboard
    Acer VA70_HC (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 PC3-12800 (800 MHz)
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD4000 + GeForce GT 730M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" Generic PnP Display on Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Screen Resolution
    1600x900 pixels
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250 GB
    ADATA SSD SP900 128GB
    PSU
    90 watt brick
    Mouse
    Bluetooth
    Antivirus
    Comodo
    Other Info
    Asus RT-AC56R dual-band WRT router (Merlin firmware). Intel 7260.HMWWB.R dual-band ac wireless adapter.
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#5
Just in case anyone else reads this thread, I came across a webpage which mentioned my problem. Apparently I somehow did what they said not to do... that is I accidentally moved the location of a user folder into another user folder. The link is below and the section is about two thirds of the way down, titled (oddly enough) "Watch Out for This Mistake!" But my biggest mistake was not actually reading the confirmation box that popped up and clicking on [Yes]. I assumed it was just asking me if I was sure... duh!

How to Change the Location of User Folders (Documents, Downloads, etc)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop