Broken Website Icons On Desktop  

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  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
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    Thanks for that research dalchina, I was considering a switch to Edge, but that appears pointless now. My inquiries over on the Chrome help website have not yielded any help after two days except for one poster who sagely observed that it sounded like a Chrome problem and another user who reported the same issue. With another user having the same problem it looks like my "plan of last resort" which was to format the C: drive and reload from backup, will not resolve the issue. I suspect I will have to replace every shortcut on my desktop with a drag-and-drop link, tease the exisiting icon out of hiding and do an icon replace for each.
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  2. Posts : 41,466
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Edge is even weirder - if you don't use the drag method:

    and the 'app' shortcut launches a form of Edge I've not seen before.
    I suspect I will have to replace every shortcut on my desktop
    - I wouldn't fill my desktop with a randomised mass of shortcuts.. if I wanted them not as favourites but organised somehow I might have them in folders in my start menu - but then I use Open Shell (free) - and that sort of organisation is easy with that.
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  3. Posts : 5
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Here's The Answer

    Over in the Chrome support form a user (not a Google employee) posted an explanation:

    Migrating Chrome Apps to Progressive Web Apps - Google Chrome Community

    So it appears this is a knowlingly created issue that they just didn't publicize very much. Strange thing is the more tools/create shortcut command is still active in Chrome, churning out shortcuts that will eventually become inoperative.

    So I guess I'll just continue with my plan to change the app type shortcuts to URL shortcuts and change the generic icons to something more meaningful. A lot of work, but it should last. At least until they come up with a new pothole.
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  4. Posts : 41,466
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    If they are generic (standard URL shortcuts) they will then launch your default browser (whichever that may be) - so an advantage.

    By way of a suggestion: were you to get a copy of Firefox you could quickly generate URL shortcuts with appropriate icons using drag 'n drop.

    Example, from this page:
    Broken Website Icons On Desktop-1.jpg

    At least until they come up with a new pothole.
    Irrelevant aside: our government has just allocated an extra £200m to filling potholes.
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