Desktop shortcuts

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  1. Posts : 28
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       #1

    Desktop shortcuts


    I am using win 10 version 1809 build 17763 and Google Chrome is up to date
    Version 79.0.3945.130 (Official Build) (32-bit)
    I would like to know where the desktop shortcuts are stored on my computer so i can transfer them to another machine or save them so i can put them back after i do a fresh install of my operating system.
    I am talking about the Desktop shortcuts and not Bookmarks.


    I did copy the C:\Users\myname\Desktop folder which seems to have the shortcuts in it but when i copied that back to my new install of win 10 i lost all the shortcuts so they are obviously not in there.
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  2. Posts : 43,460
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #2

    %userprofile%\desktop normally points to the path you have given.

    The displayed desktop is a composite of that and

    C:\Users\Public\Desktop

    Had you ever relocated your desktop?

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  3. Posts : 28
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Here is what i did.
    I have many many desktop shortcuts to various websites on my desktop.
    Before i did a fressh install of win 10 I copied the C:\Users\Wil\Desktop and the C:\Users\Public\Desktop folders to a thumb drive.
    It appears that all the shortcuts are in those folders.
    I then did a fresh install of win 10
    I installed Chrome and copied the C:\Users\Wil\Desktop and the C:\Users\Public\Desktop folders back in their respective place and Bingo Non of the shortcuts work, the icons are a generic icon and when i click on a shortcut i get this
    Desktop shortcuts-image.png
    So somehow those shortcuts point to another place somewhere on my computer where chrome gets the information to go to the appropriate website.
    Even when i look at a shortcut that now works and look at the properties it doesn't tell me anything.
    IE: This happens to be a shortcut to one of my websites
    Target: "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome_proxy.exe" --profile-directory=Default --app-id=ipaeeilaeibgpiddhlkpcepjhpmaejma
    Starts in: "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application"

    When i do a search for "ipaeeilaeibgpiddhlkpcepjhpmaejma" it finds it in
    Desktop shortcuts-image.png

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  4. Posts : 43,460
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #4

    Thank you for your reply.

    I suggest it depends how you created the shortcuts in the first place. Did you do it like this?
    Desktop shortcuts-1.png
    or by dragging from somewhere and dropping a shortcut?

    I would never fill my desktop with shortcuts myself but have some more convenient and robust method, whether it be a folder in the start menu, favorites in a browser or some other method.
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  5. Posts : 2,799
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #5

    Windsurfer said:
    I am using win 10 version 1809 build 17763 and Google Chrome is up to date
    Version 79.0.3945.130 (Official Build) (32-bit)
    I would like to know where the desktop shortcuts are stored on my computer so i can transfer them to another machine or save them so i can put them back after i do a fresh install of my operating system.
    I am talking about the Desktop shortcuts and not Bookmarks.


    I did copy the C:\Users\myname\Desktop folder which seems to have the shortcuts in it but when i copied that back to my new install of win 10 i lost all the shortcuts so they are obviously not in there.
    ALL your Desktop shortcuts are stored in: %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
    and your taskbar shorcuts are stored under: %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\User Pinned\taskbar

    It has nothing to do with%userprofile%\desktop. Desktop.ini only contains the path of the desktop icon.
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  6. Posts : 43,460
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #6

    Desktop shortcuts-1.png
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  7. Posts : 28
    win10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    No. They were created using the create shortcut from the Chrome menu
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  8. Posts : 43,460
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #8

    So they are Chrome specific and rely on Chrome having the same installation path- and there's a whole string of characters whose relevance is completely unknown to me.

    If you had created generic Internet icons which launched the default browser, you'd have been fine.
    As to Chrome, that's an issue specific to that browser.

    Here's one I created from Chrome on mine:
    Desktop shortcuts-1.pngDesktop shortcuts-2.png
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  9. Posts : 28
    win10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Yes that is what i get as well if you look at my pictures but that doesn't really have the shortcut to the website in it. If you were to use that same shortcut after you do a fresh install of say win 10 and Chrome that shortcut will not go to where you want it to go and that is my whole point.
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  10. Posts : 43,460
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #10

    So don't create them that way... see my screenshot. Or maybe there's some other way with Chrome- I rarely use it.

    Thank you for introducing me to a peculiarity of Chrome.

    By contrast, here's what you get with Firefox if you drag a selected URL to the desktop from its address bar:
    Desktop shortcuts-1.png
    - an internet shortcut, no reference to FF.
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