.pdf icon cannot be removed from the desktop

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  1. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Home
       #1

    .pdf icon cannot be removed from the desktop


    From a web page I saved as a .pdf,now I have the icon on the desktop.

    But,I cannot remove it,open or rename this icon.

    I tried to move it to the recycle bin but nothing happens.

    I'm not an expert at all.

    Can,please,someone help me.

    Thank you
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  2. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 13,519
    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.928
       #2

    Close your browser, restart computer. Try deleting it now.
    If still a problem, right click on it and see it's blocked. If so, unblock it.
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  3. Posts : 11
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Ztruker,I closed the browser and restarted,I tried to delete (right click > delete) it but nothing happens.

    I tried to drag it to the recycle bin but nothing happens.

    Can you,please,explain to me "right click on it and see if it's blocked.If so,unblock it".

    Do you mean if this icon can be moved on the desktop? Yes,it can be moved.

    Thank you
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  4. Stexred's Avatar
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       #4
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  5. Posts : 11
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    Ztruker,Stexred this icon doesn't have the "Unblock checkbox",so it is not blocked.
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  6. Posts : 396
    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    Can you post a screenshot so we can see what is going on:

    1 screenshot of file on desktop

    1 screenshot of Properties

    Thanks.
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  7. Posts : 11
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    Thread Starter
       #7

    Rubi,as requested, I attach:
    - file screenshot
    - Properties screenshot
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  8. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 13,519
    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.928
       #8

    Is any Adobe program running? Look at Task Manager. If yes, end it (right click on it, select End Task in Task Manager) then try deleting the file.
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  9. Posts : 11
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    Thread Starter
       #9

    Ztruker, I ended a Adobe program in the Task Manager and I tried to delete the Adobe icon but it is still there.
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  10. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,636
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.928
       #10

    Just how long is that filename? If the full path & the filename add up to more than about 255 characters then windows cannot handle it. If it is not excessively long then do not even read the rest of this post.

    If you are not sure then open a command window, change folder to your Desktop folder
    Code:
    CD /D C:\Users\User\Desktop
    then run this command using the correct filename not what I have written
    Code:
    ren "The full name of the awkward one.pdf" Fred.pdf
    If you get an error message that it cannot find the file then
    1 Right-click on a blank area of the Desktop & select Refresh to make sure this problem is not an illusion.
    2 Check the file really is still there by looking at your Desktop in File explorer - probably in C:\Users\User\Desktop
    3 If it is not there, check for it in C:\Users\Public\Desktop and try to delete it from there Not applicable.
    4 If it really is still on your Desktop [C:\Users\User\Desktop] then Windows simply cannot read the filename because the path-filename is excessively long.

    If the cause of the problem is an excessively long path-filename, there is a way of running a command that can get you out of this situation -
    - You must move everything else off your Desktop first because the whole of the Desktop and any Desktop subfolders will be deleted. Mistakes cannot be corrected afterwards.
    - You will need to check your Desktop path i.e. the path to where this awkward file is - probably C:\Users\User\Desktop. Mistakes cannot be corrected afterwards. I have used C:\Users\User\Desktop in the example below.
    - Create an empty folder somewhere else, anywhere else. Call it whatever you want but Dummy is appropriate. Just so I can give an example, I assume you will create this folder at C:\Users\User\Documents\Dummy
    - Run this command only after checking all the paths are correct for your situation. Mistakes cannot be corrected afterwards.
    Code:
    RoboCopy C:\Users\User\Documents\Dummy C:\Users\User\Desktop /MIR
    - This command will create a mirror image of your empty Dummy folder on the Desktop. Since the Dummy is empty, so will be Desktop be.

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