1.    01 Apr 2016 #1
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    Creating Quick Access link to shell:desktop in Explorer


    Hi all,

    It appears that when browsing to the desktop via the 'Desktop' Quick Access link in File Explorer, you don't see icons like This PC, Recycle Bin, etc.

    From reading another thread, I've learned that you'll only see those icons when browsing to shell:desktop.

    I tried changing the 'location' property of the Quick Access 'Desktop' link to 'shell:desktop' but it rejected it with error:

    "The specified path is invalid."

    Anyone know of a way to create a shortcut in Windows 10 to "shell:" commands?

    Thanks,
    E.
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  2.    01 Apr 2016 #2
    Join Date : Mar 2016
    Aberdeen
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    Windows 10

    Yes, instead of using Shell:Desktop, use Explorer Shell:Desktop.
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  3.    01 Apr 2016 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by flybynite View Post
    Yes, instead of using Shell:Desktop, use Explorer Shell:Desktop.
    While you answered my question regarding the creation of a 'shell:' shortcut, and I very much thank you for it, I just realized I was being a big dummy regarding the changing of the shortcut properties.

    I thought the 'Location' property was the path to which the shortcut pointed but instead it was for relocating the Desktop folder to somewhere else on the hard drive. *facepalm*

    Now I just need a way to slip that 'explorer shell:desktop' shortcut into Quick Access... I'm thinking it's something only modifiable via registry.

    E.
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  4.    01 Apr 2016 #4
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    Aberdeen
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    Quote Originally Posted by E71 View Post
    While you answered my question regarding the creation of a 'shell:' shortcut, and I very much thank you for it, I just realized I was being a big dummy regarding the changing of the shortcut properties.

    I thought the 'Location' property was the path to which the shortcut pointed but instead it was for relocating the Desktop folder to somewhere else on the hard drive. *facepalm*

    Now I just need a way to slip that 'explorer shell:desktop' shortcut into Quick Access... I'm thinking it's something only modifiable via registry.

    E.
    Most likely, I dump the Quick Access as I prefer Libraries. Can't you just go to your desktop folder, right-click and select Pin to Quick Access?
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  5.    01 Apr 2016 #5
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    Thread Starter

    Unfortunately not since Windows doesn't see it as a shortcut to a path but a shortcut to a program.

    It's amazing how many useful features they removed from W10 because they thought we don't need them. *smh*
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  6.    01 Apr 2016 #6
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    Aberdeen
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    Quote Originally Posted by E71 View Post
    Unfortunately not since Windows doesn't see it as a shortcut to a path but a shortcut to a program.

    It's amazing how many useful features they removed from W10 because they thought we don't need them. *smh*
    Does this have what you want?
    Code:
    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2712-quick-access-add-remove-frequent-folders-windows-10-a.html
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  7.    01 Apr 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by E71 View Post
    Unfortunately not since Windows doesn't see it as a shortcut to a path but a shortcut to a program.

    It's amazing how many useful features they removed from W10 because they thought we don't need them. *smh*
    Navigate to the folder then right click 'Quick Access/Pin current location to Quick Access'.

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