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jleach
post Apr 2 2012, 03:36 PM
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Hi all,
ondering if anyone's come across this before... my desktop on a Win7 32bit machine shows nothing, all of a sudden, yet all the files/links still reside in the desktop folder.
Restarted but no change, still a blank desktop. Can't copy from the explorer folder to the desktop itself, says file already exists. Didn't do any updates/restarts, one minute they were there a few minutes later they weren't.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
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thegeek
post Apr 2 2012, 03:44 PM
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Have you tried right-clicking the desktop, click View and make sure Show Desktop Icons is checked?
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doctor9
post Apr 2 2012, 03:52 PM
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That "desktop" folder should definitely reflect what you're seeing on your desktop.
Has someone perhaps played an April Fool's prank on you?
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jleach
post Apr 2 2012, 04:01 PM
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Hmmm... they're back... didn't even know about the Show Desktop Icons. Nevermind. fundrink.gif
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cpetermann
post Apr 2 2012, 04:05 PM
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Jack,
appened to me once,
don't know what I did to cause it, iconfused.gif
but right clicking on the desktop >>selecting View
had to recheck display icons & voila -- they were back!
Scared the beejabbers out of me for a while though
HTH
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jleach
post Apr 2 2012, 04:08 PM
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Our son (16mo) sometimes gets a hold of the mouse and plays around, but neither my wife nor I recall him getting a hold of it in the time it went/came back.
Maybe it was an april fools joke iconfused.gif
Anyway, now I know about that option to hide desktop icons.
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cpetermann
post Apr 2 2012, 04:11 PM
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beings with rubber arms and they're lightening fast too!!
have that problem with grandkids-- never know what the volume is gonna be
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thegeek
post Apr 2 2012, 04:12 PM
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Only reason why I thought of that is because I had the same thing happen to me. I don't entirely understand the reasoning behind the option to hide the icons!
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doctor9
post Apr 2 2012, 04:15 PM
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Maybe it's so you can enjoy your wallpaper without browsing for it?
There are times it would be REALLY nice to find out the thinking behind a feature in software...
Dennis
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jleach
post Apr 2 2012, 04:22 PM
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I'm not quite sure why one would opt for that either... maybe it is just so you can enjoy a wallpaper
THanks guys,
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AvgJoe
post Apr 3 2012, 08:43 AM
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Jack,
Is much as I try to de-clutter my desktop, I don't succeed. But "Fences" (from StarDock, I believe) is a nice little bit of freeware that "corrals" everything on the desktop.
Oagree with Dennis - hide the icons for a clear view of the wallpaper.
AvgJoe hat_tip.gif
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jleach
post Apr 3 2012, 08:57 AM
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I actually do pretty good keeping it organized... each corner is for links for certain types of stuff, and I rarely ever keep anything on there that doesn't need to be there (I keep a TEMP subdir on there for dropping email attachments, etc).
lutter in general drives me nuts... I'm pretty OCD with that stuff. I can't open the bedroom closet since I've gotten married!
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