Windows 10: How do I remove desktop folder shortcut from desktop?


  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       18 Jun 2016 #1

    How do I remove desktop folder shortcut from desktop?


    Hi, I know the title might sound a bit confusing, but basically I accidently dragged out the desktop shortcut from the quick access bar to my desktop and it now created a folder saying Desktop (similar to say, going to the control panel>personalisation>change desktop icons and ticking this pc or personal folder) and now I can't remove this folder, there's no delete option when I right click on it and if I try to drag it to my recycling bin it attempts to delete everything from desktop and it doesn't look like I can remove this shortcut (or "link" as windows calls it) from the control panel where you could remove icons such as the recycling bin or this pc etc.
    Soo anyone have ideas as to have I can remove this Desktop shortcut?
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  2. Posts : 8,863
    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       18 Jun 2016 #2

    Right click it and see the location it is linked to. If it is a user folder, select properties > the location tab and restore default. It should put it back in it's default location.

    You could also try to pin it to the Quick access Bar, which if I understand correctly, is where it once was. Quick access - Pin or Unpin Locations in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  3. Posts : 16,157
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       19 Jun 2016 #3

    If it is just a shortcut, it is only a link and should NOT delete the Desktop folder.
    I just tried and had no problems.
    I followed what you did, dragged the quick access icon to the desktop, properties was no help, because it is a .lnk and not a folder or file, or worse yet the library.

    deleted in recycle bin
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    emptied recycle bin
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    My Desktop is still there
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    Note   Note
    Of course I made a System Image with Macrium Reflect, before testing this. I'm not suicidal
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  4. Posts : 8,863
    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       19 Jun 2016 #4

    Cliff S said: View Post
    If it is just a shortcut, it is only a link and should NOT delete the Desktop folder.
    I just tried and had no problems.
    I followed what you did, dragged the quick access icon to the desktop, properties was no help, because it is a .lnk and not a folder or file, or worse yet the library.

    deleted in recycle bin
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ID:	85817

    emptied recycle bin
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Views:	2 
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ID:	85816

    My Desktop is still there
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Views:	2 
Size:	152.5 KB 
ID:	85815

    Note   Note
    Of course I made a System Image with Macrium Reflect, before testing this. I'm not suicidal
    @Cliff S, Cliff, that's what I know too. If deleting it removes his desktop content, I thought it had to be the User Desktop folder.
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  5. Posts : 16,157
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       19 Jun 2016 #5

    essenbe said: View Post
    @Cliff S, Cliff, that's what I know too. If deleting it removes his desktop content, I thought it had to be the User Desktop folder.
    It has to be, yep
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  6. Posts : 8,863
    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       19 Jun 2016 #6

    Maybe restoring it will solve his problem.
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  7. Posts : 16,157
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 14393, Windows 10 Insider Fast Ring, Windows 8.1 Update, Ubuntu
       20 Jun 2016 #7

    @Mahir007 can you post a window shot or screeenshot of the Icon and the Properties.

    I'm looking to see if it has a Location Tab like this:
    This is from C:\Users\my name
    This is the Desktop folder and NOT a shortcut.

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    As you can see in the next window shot, this is properties for a shortcut, and does not have a Location tab:
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