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  1. rbigg

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    To get my cobwebs out of brain: you don't hurt anything by getting rid of those icons of your files on DESKTOP do you? Seems like I remember you can delete the icon, but your basic file will still be OK (pictures, music, .pps, etc). I know finding it can sometimes be a problem, but that's another whole topic...... Through sheer incompetence, more than anything else, I've got a million on my DESKTOP.......
     
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    Deprnds on how and why the icon is on the desktop.
    Some are the file it's self and the file would be deleted when the icon is deleted.
     
  3. rbigg

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    Good point !!! Any simple way to tell which is which?
     
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    Whenever I've removed desktop icons using the right click menu and 'Delete' in XP, I've had a cheerful little message from Windows that deleting the shortcut doesn't remove the program it relates to.
     
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    A desktop shortcut icon will have a curved arrow in the lower-left corner. If no arrow, the icon represents an actual file or program. Additionally, if you right-click an icon and select properties, the dialog window will clearly state it is a shortcut (unless its not)
     
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    good solutions. Thanks.
     
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