My Shortcut Icons are Actually Program Icons

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by turnbeau, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. turnbeau

    turnbeau Guest

    I want to clean up my desktop by deleting some shortcut icons. Each o
    the icons contains the directional arrow in the lower left corner
    However, when I "right click, delete" on any Shortcut Icon, I a
    prompted: *Are you sure you want to move this file to the Recycle Bin?
    *I actually deleted several programs before realizing what I wa
    doing. :mad: The wording I was accustomed to in WinXP: *Are you sur
    you want to remove this shortcut ...* isn't offered to me. I'm runnin
    Vista Home Premium 64-bit SP
     
    turnbeau, Feb 17, 2009
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  2. When you say "The wording I was accustomed to in WinXP..." I assume
    that you think that XP and Vista are different in this regard.

    They are *not* different. For both of them, when you try to delete a
    shortcut, the message you get says "Are you sure you want to remove
    this shortcut." When you try to delete a file that's *not* a shortcut,
    the message you get says "Are you sure you want to move this file to
    the Recycle Bin?"

    When you get the second message, clearly the file you are trying to
    delete is *not* a shortcut, and that's true in both XP and Vista.

    If you are saying that there were files on the desktop that were not
    shortcuts, but had the curved arrow in the lower left-hand corner,
    that's not possible, and you were mistaken.
     
    Ken Blake, MVP, Feb 17, 2009
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  3. turnbeau

    turnbeau Guest

    I'm not saving programs to my desktop - only shortcuts. However, when
    I attempt to delete the "shortcut" it deletes the program itself.
     
    turnbeau, Feb 17, 2009
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  4. turnbeau

    turnbeau Guest

    I understand that they are not different. As an example, I have an
    Adobe Reader 9 shortcut on my desktop now. When I right click, I am
    prompted to "Delete File" and "Are You Sure You Want to Move This File
    to the Recycle Bin". Is there some way to attach screen shots to show
    this?
     
    turnbeau, Feb 17, 2009
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  5. turnbeau

    Tom Allen Guest

    It's not quite that simple.
    I have desktop shortcuts ( type .lnk ) to Windows Explorer, to Windows
    Mail and to a program group which produce the message 'Are you sure you
    want to move this file to the recycle bin ?' when I right click and
    select 'delete'. All other shortcuts produce the message about moving a
    shortcut to the recycle bin and the assurance that the program is not
    being uninstalled.
    I can't remember what method I used to create the first type of shortcut
    but their properties show a simple shortcut with 'Type of file: Shortcut
    (.lnk)'.

    Tom
     
    Tom Allen, Feb 17, 2009
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    Tyro Guest

    On my machine running Vista Ultimate, when I right click a desktop shortcut
    and click Delete, I get the message "Are you sure you want to move this file
    to the Recycle Bin?" and then it shows me the name of the shortcut and the
    location of the file to which the shortcut points. If I click "Yes", it
    moves the shortcut to the Recycle Bin. The file to which the shortcut
    points remains where it is. The word "file" in the message refers to the
    shortcut itself which is actually a small, 800+ byte, file. Deleting a
    shortcut which points to a program will not delete the program.

    Tyro
     
    Tyro, Feb 18, 2009
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  7. Same here on Vista Home Premium, for both files and shortcuts.

    If I choose a folder, it says "Folder". If I choose the Recycle Bin, it
    tells me how to reinstall it if I delete it. I didn't remove it :)
     
    Gene E. Bloch, Feb 18, 2009
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