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Why do deleted documents still show up on the desktop?

Posted By : of Data Doctors on July 14, 1999

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when i purge a file into the recylce bin and then delete it out of there. why isnt it taken off of the desktop menu? how do you delete doc off of the desktop? Thank you.


This question was answered on July 14, 1999. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

We believe what you are seeing on the desktop is a shortcut to that particular document, not the document itself and these can be deleted as follows.

Most Icons on the desktop are known as shortcuts, meaning they are a quick way of getting to something that is located elsewhere on your system A few of the icons, such as My Computer and Network Neighborhood are part of your operating system and can not be removed without special tools Icons that are shortcuts can be identified by a little white box with a black arrow in the bottom left corner of the icon itself The two most common ways to remove them is to either click and drag the icon over to your Recycle Bin or right click on the icon and choose delete Both methods will move the shortcut into your Recycle Bin and it will remain there until you Empty the Recycle Bin (right click on the Recycle Bin icon) Remember, deleting a shortcut will not remove the program from your system but rather the quick start method (Windows 95 version of the old Dos “batch file”) of accessing the program

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Posted by of Data Doctors on July 14, 1999

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