Trouble Opening Desktop Shortcuts

Jan 27, 2006

I run W98SE and this is all new to me. My daughter runs XP.I created some desktop shortcuts from my daughter's favorites(bookmarks). When you click on one the "Open With" window pops up asking which program to use to open it. IE is highlighted by default and all you have to do is click "Ok" and the shortcut opens the assigned task.


Trouble Opening .PPS Attachment In Outlook Express

May 2, 2006

I am currently unable to open a .PPS email attachment directly from the email.I get the usual 'This file does not have a program associated with it for performing this action. Create an association in the Folder Options control panel.I can save the slide show onto the computer and open it from there without any trouble. I am running Windows XP Home, MS Outlook Express 6 and have MS Power Point Viewer 2003 installed.'' The preceding message was posted on 02/08/05 by BigBad64.I am repeating it here because it applies to me as well. However, unlike BigBad64, the solution suggested by Cetin Denislam didn't work for me.

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May 14, 2008

Shortcuts on the desktop (to websites) open a window at screen centre and perhaps one quarter screen size. They each must be maximised if each is opened with no other window open and maximised. If it is possible with tabbed browsing I would like these individual windows to open (the next time I use these shortcuts) to a size I create for them by dragging them to fill the screen, but I cannot achieve this.

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Oct 9, 2007

When my computer was turned on this morning the desktop shortcuts on my desktop will not open any programs. Non shortcuts such as my computer or outlook express open normally. I have recreated all shortcuts and the new shortcuts still won't open. I have tried the obvious of restarting the computer and I have run my antivirus programs (symantec,spy bot and adaware) w/o anything being found. Can any one give me any ideas of what may fix this issue?

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Oct 29, 2007

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I want to delete a bunch of pics off of my desktop and it just keeps coping them as I delete them. How do I turn this off?

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Sep 7, 2005

I got moved and settled in but this computer won't allow new shortcuts that I create on the desktop to function. I just get an empty IE window with nothing there and source code is empty too so it's not getting out though the IE shortcut to yahoo does function properly but that is also the home page for this puter.Got DSl hooked up too so I haven't figured if that may have some influence on this issue. I called them, they know nothing about it so in the mean time I'm saving addies in notepad.

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Jan 18, 2008

I have placed shortcuts to several web sites on my desktop, such as but none of them work. I have tried both double clicking and right clicking and selecting open. Nothing happens.I have checked via properties and the Internet addresses are all correct.I'm running XP Pro on a Dell laptop using a WiFi connection.

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Aug 19, 2005

I am an older "newbie" and find some issues considerably frustrating. I am running Windows XP Pro on a Compaq laptop. I have installed all Windows XP and IE service pack updates and try to keep my McAfee virus checker and firewall up to date.I have a number of desktop shortcuts pointing to web pages that up until a few days ago worked fine with IE. When I booted up the other day, none of the shortcuts worked. In researching my problem on the Microsoft site I tumbled to this resource. So as not to waste your time, I have been through most if not all of the threads dealing with shortcuts and tried every recommended action before I posted my problem. I have also reinstalled IE from the XP disk, but the shortcuts still do not work. I have not reinstalled XP Pro.

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Sep 6, 2008

As soon as I put an internet shortcut on my desktop, sometimes I can open the website from the icon & sometimes it starts to open & then just hangs.Sometimes when I put a shortcut on the desktop I can open it a few times with no problem & then it will never work again. I can open all other shortcuts on my desktop, its just internet shortcuts that I have a problem with. I am running windows XP & useing IE on a Dell laptop. I have no other problems at all with anything & this has been going on for years. It almost seems like it is just a setting, but I just can not find a solution.

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Feb 8, 2006

For about a week I have been unable to put shortcut icons on my Desktop. Also, downloaded program icons (with the "exe") do not appear on the desktop, although if I use Ws Explorer they appear in Desktop. What has gone wrong? How do I fix the problem?

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Apr 10, 2005

Perhaps this already exists in some powertoy (if so let me know so I can get it), but I want to group similar/related desktop shortcuts into catagories (example) all dvd related apps into one group on the desktop that would STAY IN PROXIMITY TO EACH OTHER IN A GROUP. I do not want to simply create a new folder for the desktop as you can not see the individual programs without double clicking on the folder first. What I want is essentially program groups like in windows 3.1 but where you could see the actual icons for the individual apps.If anyone knows, please let me know, if anywone wants to write it, let me know.

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Apr 5, 2008

i recently had a virus and i managed to get rid of it using Windows Defender and SpyBot, When i had the virus It kept loading up Limewire. So i uninstalled Limewire to stop it from doing that. then it carried on trying to load Limewire with Java so i got an Error. So i uninstalled Java. and it's stopped.

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Jan 24, 2007

About a week ago I lost several desktop shortcuts. Then today while cleaning the hard drive I tried to uninstall some programs from the Control Panel and the screen frozen on compiling list of programs. I have rebooted and tried several times and have let it sit for awhile....there seems to be NO Programs in the ADD/REMOVE window. What happened. I can do everything else fine.... PC works no problem.

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May 29, 2007

I went to log in the other day, using normal login and password.upon completing log-in process, I noticed my desktop looked completely different than normal (we normally stash dozens of icons right on desktop for quick access) - there were no icons there except for a couple standard shortcuts..Fearing all was lost, I quickly checked hard drive and saw that all our files were still there and functional (even in the desktop folder), but for some reason the desktop was not loading.Tried to open Outlook Express to check mail and could not access mail files or the internet It seems even though I used my normal login info, I was logged in as a different user and I suspect that's why desktop wasn't loading and I couldn't access email....I checked Documents and Settings - there is a new user folder (appeared out of nowhere as far as I can tell) with syntax of mynormalusername.L600-myfirstname.

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Apr 9, 2008

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Apr 20, 2009

My company just migrated from Novell to Active Directory. I am new to Windows. I am the local LAN Administrator. I am told to create 2 short cuts as follows: and a mapped shared drive: \some thing my folder and put these two shortcuts on the Human HResource Users' desktop when they login. I am thinking about creating a Human Resource Desktop group so that when someone who is assigned to this group would get the two shortcuts. Since I am new to Windows, I don't know how to do this. Please advice. Much appreciated.

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Jan 7, 2007

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Aug 1, 2005

I'm using WinXP Home SP2. A lot of my desktop shortcuts aren't represented
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Jul 10, 2006

Sometimes when I double click my shortcuts on my desktop the program doesn't open up. Instead the properties window pops up. This is not happening with just one of my shortcuts this is happening with all of them.I usually do a restart to fix this problem and it doesn't happen any more but that is only a temporary fix because it often happens again when I startup my computer. What is the reason for this? Is anybody else having this problem?

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Aug 17, 2005

I have to frequently switch between remote desktop and my physical desktop. I want to know if there is any keyboard shortcut to do it.

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Aug 4, 2008

Is there a way to hide the file extension for shortcuts on Windows XP desktop?

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Jan 24, 2006

Was using computer all day yesterday and all was well, but when I stepped away for only a moment I returned to find that ALL my icons are gone and my display picture was reset to blue. I have cleaned the computer to see if I had picked up a virus/worm but all is well or is now. But the problem is.....I cannot get my desktop to accept any shortcuts and it won't allow me to pick a desktop picture. I can access all of my programs/files etc. through my start menu but when I try to create a shortcut it won't. Don't know what to do from here, it seems like it must be just an easy fix but darn if I can figure out what that fix would be.

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Jun 27, 2005

My system runs XP Prof (with SP1, but NOT, SP2 updates) and I have IE 6.0.2800.1106.xpsp1.020828 installed. when I click on any desktop shortcut, or even Outlook email underlined links, instead of opening an internet web page, XP gives me an error message saying "It can't find such-and-such url. Then a blank IE page opens up with no address in the address box.I have tried to repair XP by running the command: sfc/scannow, which in turn asks for the XP Prof install CD to locate any missing files, etc. Then I also tried re-installing IESP1 in hopes of fixing the problem that way. Neither of these efforts has remedied the problem.

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I have Win XP Home with SP#3.My wife and i each use individual accts, user ids etc.For no reason I can understand suddenly when i click on one of my desktop shortcuts to open a website...e.g. Facebook, Yahoo etc..instead of automatically opening the specific site I get the box which asks which program i want to use to open the site.It is usally always Int.Ex. and at the bottom of the box there is a checkbox to indicate that when you open that same site in the future it should always be opened using IE, but when i go to open the site again i have to again each time indicate i want to use IE to open it. I also went to my wife's side of the pc and tried hers and her website shortcuts open properly like mine used to

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Aug 3, 2005

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Aug 7, 2006

How do I create network shortcuts in My Network Places? There are several computers on my network and on them, specific specific drives and specific folders that I use frequently. I'd like them to show up on all the computers, but I don't know how to create them? A second, related question, can I safely delete shortcuts that appear there that I don't use?

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Sep 8, 2007

I'm looking for a way to create click-able Icons/shortcuts for various keyboard shortcuts (ctrl+..., etc.).
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Is this possible to do within XP, or with some program I can install

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Aug 8, 2005

When I turn on my system this evening all of my desktop item would not work. This window is opening saying that Windows can not open this file, all files have .ink on them. I just found out that I can not get to my e-mail. The only two thing that I can open is My Computer, and the Internet.

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Aug 23, 2009

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Oct 14, 2005

When I click on a desktop icon it opens the Windows Installer with a message that says "preparing to install". In about two minutes my documents will open, or I can re-click on "My documents" in about 5 seconds and it will open immediately and a second copy of "My documents" opens in about 5 minutes. This is a Dell 300m laptop with XP pro. I spent 45 minutes on the phone with a Dell technician who, I think, finally hung up on me when he was stumped. I tried to reinstall Windows from the disks provided by Dell but I got an error message that said the copy of XP was older than the one currently installed

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Aug 20, 2007

when i try to open my computer from desktop or even certain programs like (ex DAP download accelerator is my default ) they show 'open' on my taskbar but i cant see the open folder. when i right click the tab on my taskbar and click maximize the tab just wizz past the right of my screen but i cant see it just only shows on my taskbar.When i do alt-tab it shows its there but dosent come up so i can see it .

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Nov 7, 2006

my windows is acting like it has no registry i can't access system restore, reg edit, etc. or and has icons only on the shortcuts which are defult like computer network bin etc. The files eg word doc or a pdf can been seen with the appropriate program. I can work programs like normal as i am using firefox, IE ain't working but i can acces computer which is IE . This has happened once before but i can't understand why i had karpersky and adware updated both times but didn't stop it. b4 it happened alot quicker but this time it took its time.

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Feb 8, 2005

i just installed acrobat 5 full version and am trying to delete the desktop shortcut. Everytime i try it itells me "Cannot delete Adobe Acrobat 5.0: Access is denied. The source file may be in use." I have tried restarting and that didnt help i have gone into the processes and stopped all that were allowed still with no luck. I am running win 2K prof and am only a power user on this machine as it is at work any ideas would be great.

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Jun 4, 2006

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May 12, 2008

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Dec 6, 2005

I had windows 2000 pro. I wanted to do a full format and completely wipe my hard disk, and install windows xp pro. I did it wrong though, and when my comp was on and i was on windows 2000 desktop, I inserted the windows xp cd and chose a new installation. Windows XP installed, however since I did it wrong and did not format, I now have both XP and 2000 on my hard drive. I tried to fix this problem by going into my BIOS and changing the boot order. Currently it is set to boot 1st from my cd rom. However, when I turn it on, it begins to start up, and says hit any key to boot from cd, but when I hit a key it just continues to load windows. the next screen asks me to chose an OS or press F8 to go into advanced setup. However, again it does not let me give it a command to change the highlighted OS, or go into F8. I can still go into my BIOS, and once windows loads up, my key board works fine, but for whatever reason when windows is starting it seems like it's not communicating with my keyboard. I do not have an A drive so I can not boot from there. I tried to reformat within windows, but since I'm asking it to reformat the drive I am already using, it will not do that. All I want to do is format my harddrive and wipe all OS's off and all info, then install XP. Can I do this without A drive, or without it recongizing when I hit a key to boot from cdrom.

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