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ghost shortcuts in Windows 7

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Al Smith, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. Al Smith

    Al Smith Flightless Bird

    Just as a matter of curiosity, I've noticed that in Windows 7, I
    sometimes get ghost shortcuts on my desktop -- these are
    semi-transparent generic icons outlined with a dotted line, and
    without a specific program name. I've been simply deleting them.
    Anyone know what causes this?

    -Al-
     
  2. Gordon

    Gordon Flightless Bird

    "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    news:Ynhbn.62665$Db2.44449@edtnps83...
    > Just as a matter of curiosity, I've noticed that in Windows 7, I sometimes
    > get ghost shortcuts on my desktop -- these are semi-transparent generic
    > icons outlined with a dotted line, and without a specific program name.
    > I've been simply deleting them. Anyone know what causes this?
    >
    > -Al-


    Setting your Folder View to show hidden files.
     
  3. Al Smith

    Al Smith Flightless Bird

    Gordon wrote:
    >
    > "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    > news:Ynhbn.62665$Db2.44449@edtnps83...
    >> Just as a matter of curiosity, I've noticed that in Windows 7, I
    >> sometimes get ghost shortcuts on my desktop -- these are
    >> semi-transparent generic icons outlined with a dotted line, and
    >> without a specific program name. I've been simply deleting them.
    >> Anyone know what causes this?
    >>
    >> -Al-

    >
    > Setting your Folder View to show hidden files.



    Sure, that's the way I've set hidden files, but what are these
    phantom shortcuts?

    -Al-
     
  4. Pulse

    Pulse Flightless Bird

    Name one.


    "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    news:0xjbn.64780$PH1.1727@edtnps82...
    > Gordon wrote:
    >>
    >> "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    >> news:Ynhbn.62665$Db2.44449@edtnps83...
    >>> Just as a matter of curiosity, I've noticed that in Windows 7, I
    >>> sometimes get ghost shortcuts on my desktop -- these are
    >>> semi-transparent generic icons outlined with a dotted line, and
    >>> without a specific program name. I've been simply deleting them.
    >>> Anyone know what causes this?
    >>>
    >>> -Al-

    >>
    >> Setting your Folder View to show hidden files.

    >
    >
    > Sure, that's the way I've set hidden files, but what are these phantom
    > shortcuts?
    >
    > -Al-
     
  5. Al Smith

    Al Smith Flightless Bird

    Pulse wrote:
    > Name one.
    >
    >
    > "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    > news:0xjbn.64780$PH1.1727@edtnps82...
    >> Gordon wrote:
    >>>
    >>> "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:Ynhbn.62665$Db2.44449@edtnps83...
    >>>> Just as a matter of curiosity, I've noticed that in Windows 7, I
    >>>> sometimes get ghost shortcuts on my desktop -- these are
    >>>> semi-transparent generic icons outlined with a dotted line, and
    >>>> without a specific program name. I've been simply deleting them.
    >>>> Anyone know what causes this?
    >>>>
    >>>> -Al-
    >>>
    >>> Setting your Folder View to show hidden files.

    >>
    >>
    >> Sure, that's the way I've set hidden files, but what are these phantom
    >> shortcuts?
    >>
    >> -Al-

    >


    I deleted them all. The are *.ini files, and they don't have
    regular names. I'm thinking maybe they are caused by Dell Dock,
    but I don't know.

    -Al-
     
  6. Pulse

    Pulse Flightless Bird

    'Could be. There's a bit of behind the scenes stuff that goes on and you see
    it when you unhide hidden files. Usually there's a desktop.ini file (or two)
    on the desktop, for example. Run a full virus scan with an up-to-date
    scanner if you are concerned.

    "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    news:CCjbn.64782$PH1.55096@edtnps82...
    > Pulse wrote:
    >> Name one.
    >>
    >>
    >> "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    >> news:0xjbn.64780$PH1.1727@edtnps82...
    >>> Gordon wrote:
    >>>>
    >>>> "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:Ynhbn.62665$Db2.44449@edtnps83...
    >>>>> Just as a matter of curiosity, I've noticed that in Windows 7, I
    >>>>> sometimes get ghost shortcuts on my desktop -- these are
    >>>>> semi-transparent generic icons outlined with a dotted line, and
    >>>>> without a specific program name. I've been simply deleting them.
    >>>>> Anyone know what causes this?
    >>>>>
    >>>>> -Al-
    >>>>
    >>>> Setting your Folder View to show hidden files.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Sure, that's the way I've set hidden files, but what are these phantom
    >>> shortcuts?
    >>>
    >>> -Al-

    >>

    >
    > I deleted them all. The are *.ini files, and they don't have regular
    > names. I'm thinking maybe they are caused by Dell Dock, but I don't know.
    >
    > -Al-
     
  7. Ophelia

    Ophelia Flightless Bird

    "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    news:CCjbn.64782$PH1.55096@edtnps82...
    > I deleted them all. The are *.ini files, and they don't have regular
    > names. I'm thinking maybe they are caused by Dell Dock, but I don't know.


    Ahhh I had some of those .ini file shortcuts. I didn't know what they were
    either, but since they were shortcuts I just deleted them.
    --
    --
    https://www.shop.helpforheroes.org.uk/
     
  8. Al Smith

    Al Smith Flightless Bird

    Pulse wrote:
    > 'Could be. There's a bit of behind the scenes stuff that goes on and you
    > see it when you unhide hidden files. Usually there's a desktop.ini file
    > (or two) on the desktop, for example. Run a full virus scan with an
    > up-to-date scanner if you are concerned.
    >




    I'm not really concerned, just curious.

    -Al-
     
  9. Seth

    Seth Flightless Bird

    "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    news:Ynhbn.62665$Db2.44449@edtnps83...
    > Just as a matter of curiosity, I've noticed that in Windows 7, I sometimes
    > get ghost shortcuts on my desktop -- these are semi-transparent generic
    > icons outlined with a dotted line, and without a specific program name.
    > I've been simply deleting them. Anyone know what causes this?



    You mean a pair of files called "Desktop.ini"? One from your profile and 1
    from the "Public" profile. That's the settings file of how the desktop is
    setup. Here's an example of it's contents...


    [.ShellClassInfo]
    LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769
    IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183
     
  10. Al Smith

    Al Smith Flightless Bird

    Seth wrote:
    > "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    > news:Ynhbn.62665$Db2.44449@edtnps83...
    >> Just as a matter of curiosity, I've noticed that in Windows 7, I
    >> sometimes get ghost shortcuts on my desktop -- these are
    >> semi-transparent generic icons outlined with a dotted line, and
    >> without a specific program name. I've been simply deleting them.
    >> Anyone know what causes this?

    >
    >
    > You mean a pair of files called "Desktop.ini"? One from your profile and
    > 1 from the "Public" profile. That's the settings file of how the desktop
    > is setup. Here's an example of it's contents...
    >
    >
    > [.ShellClassInfo]
    > LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769
    > IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183
    >



    Maybe. Deleting them didn't seem to change my desktop, though.

    -Al-
     
  11. Gordon

    Gordon Flightless Bird

    "Al Smith" <invalid@address.com> wrote in message
    news:Hukbn.64792$PH1.19040@edtnps82...
    >
    >
    > Maybe. Deleting them didn't seem to change my desktop, though.
    >


    It wouldn't. Windows just re-creates them...
     
  12. Just D

    Just D Flightless Bird

    "Gordon"
    >> Maybe. Deleting them didn't seem to change my desktop, though.

    > It wouldn't. Windows just re-creates them...


    These are just temp files. Many MS apps create temp files in the same folder
    where the working document was opened. One very bright example - MS Word.
    This fact was published a long time ago when people started losing their
    documents deiting them on the floppy drives. The temp file doubles+ the size
    occupied by this file and as a result the floppy space is not enough to save
    the final document. Same for the Desktop. Try to open some WinWord file
    placed on your desktop with Hidden/On, you will see all these temp files,
    actually more than one per opened file, depending on how often you save the
    changes.

    Just D.
     

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