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Windows (7) Explorer behaving erratically

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by PE, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. PE

    PE Flightless Bird

    Hi all: I have Win7HP/64 and have noted seemingly erratic behavior in
    Windows Explorer that I thought someone here might be able to explain: When
    I navigate to and select "Favorites|Desktop" (at the top of the navigation
    pane), the right side pane shows every item that is on my desktop. However,
    when I navigate to "c:|users|me|Desktop" (lower down on the navigation pane)
    the right side pane shows only a couple, not all, of those items. What is
    the explanation for this seemingly inconsistent behavior? And in light of
    the above I'm wondering, when I select a folder in the navigation pane, how
    can I be certain that ALL of its contents are being displayed? Thanks for
    your replies. PE
     
  2. Raven

    Raven Flightless Bird

    "PE" <ple@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
    news:EKadnUfWs77jF9bRnZ2dnUVZ_q2dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    > Hi all: I have Win7HP/64 and have noted seemingly erratic behavior in
    > Windows Explorer that I thought someone here might be able to explain:
    > When I navigate to and select "Favorites|Desktop" (at the top of the
    > navigation pane), the right side pane shows every item that is on my
    > desktop. However, when I navigate to "c:|users|me|Desktop" (lower down on
    > the navigation pane) the right side pane shows only a couple, not all, of
    > those items. What is the explanation for this seemingly inconsistent
    > behavior? And in light of the above I'm wondering, when I select a folder
    > in the navigation pane, how can I be certain that ALL of its contents are
    > being displayed? Thanks for your replies. PE


    Favorites/Desktop will show items in the "Public" desktop folder plus all
    items that you've added only to your desktop. It's what you see on your
    desktop. C:/users/me/desktop will show only the items relating to your
    desktop and will not include the "Public" desktop items.

    Each user can have items on their desktop that no other user will see on
    their desktop. The items in the "Public" desktop will be added to all
    users' desktops.

    So, if you have "Item 1" in the public desktop, and "Item 2" in your
    desktop, you will see both items on your desktop. A different user will see
    only "Item 1" on their desktop.
     
  3. Raven

    Raven Flightless Bird

    "PE" <ple@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
    news:EKadnUfWs77jF9bRnZ2dnUVZ_q2dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    > Hi all: I have Win7HP/64 and have noted seemingly erratic behavior in
    > Windows Explorer that I thought someone here might be able to explain:
    > When I navigate to and select "Favorites|Desktop" (at the top of the
    > navigation pane), the right side pane shows every item that is on my
    > desktop. However, when I navigate to "c:|users|me|Desktop" (lower down on
    > the navigation pane) the right side pane shows only a couple, not all, of
    > those items. What is the explanation for this seemingly inconsistent
    > behavior? And in light of the above I'm wondering, when I select a folder
    > in the navigation pane, how can I be certain that ALL of its contents are
    > being displayed? Thanks for your replies. PE

    Favorites/Desktop will show items in the "Public" desktop folder plus all
    items that you've added only to your desktop. It's what you see on your
    desktop. C:/users/me/desktop will show only the items relating to your
    desktop and will not include the "Public" desktop items.

    Each user can have items on their desktop that no other user will see on
    their desktop. The items in the "Public" desktop will be added to all
    users' desktops.

    So, if you have "Item 1" in the public desktop, and "Item 2" in your
    desktop, you will see both items on your desktop. A different user will see
    only "Item 1" on their desktop.
     
  4. Raven

    Raven Flightless Bird

    "PE" <ple@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
    news:EKadnUfWs77jF9bRnZ2dnUVZ_q2dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    > Hi all: I have Win7HP/64 and have noted seemingly erratic behavior in
    > Windows Explorer that I thought someone here might be able to explain:
    > When I navigate to and select "Favorites|Desktop" (at the top of the
    > navigation pane), the right side pane shows every item that is on my
    > desktop. However, when I navigate to "c:|users|me|Desktop" (lower down on
    > the navigation pane) the right side pane shows only a couple, not all, of
    > those items. What is the explanation for this seemingly inconsistent
    > behavior? And in light of the above I'm wondering, when I select a folder
    > in the navigation pane, how can I be certain that ALL of its contents are
    > being displayed? Thanks for your replies. PE


    Favorites/Desktop will show items in the "Public" desktop folder plus all
    items that you've added only to your desktop. C:/users/me/desktop will show
    only the items relating to your desktop and will not include the "Public"
    desktop items.

    Each user can have items on their desktop that no other user will see on
    their desktop. The items in the "Public" desktop will be added to all
    users' desktops.

    So, if you have "Item 1" in the public desktop, and "Item 2" in your
    desktop, you will see both items on your desktop. A different user will see
    only "Item 1" on their desktop.
     
  5. Raven

    Raven Flightless Bird

    "PE" <ple@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
    news:EKadnUfWs77jF9bRnZ2dnUVZ_q2dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    > Hi all: I have Win7HP/64 and have noted seemingly erratic behavior in
    > Windows Explorer that I thought someone here might be able to explain:
    > When I navigate to and select "Favorites|Desktop" (at the top of the
    > navigation pane), the right side pane shows every item that is on my
    > desktop. However, when I navigate to "c:|users|me|Desktop" (lower down on
    > the navigation pane) the right side pane shows only a couple, not all, of
    > those items. What is the explanation for this seemingly inconsistent
    > behavior? And in light of the above I'm wondering, when I select a folder
    > in the navigation pane, how can I be certain that ALL of its contents are
    > being displayed? Thanks for your replies. PE

    Favorites/Desktop will show items in the "Public" desktop folder plus all
    items that you've added only to your desktop. It's what you see on your
    desktop. C:/users/me/desktop will show only the items relating to your
    desktop and will not include the "Public" desktop items.

    Each user can have items on their desktop that no other user will see on
    their desktop. The items in the "Public" desktop will be added to all
    users' desktops.

    So, if you have "Item 1" in the public desktop, and "Item 2" in your
    desktop, you will see both items on your desktop. A different user will see
    only "Item 1" on their desktop.
     
  6. Raven

    Raven Flightless Bird

    Sorry for the multi-post. It was a communication problem with
    eternal-september.
     
  7. Parko

    Parko Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 25 Jul 2010 02:20:43 -0500, Raven wrote:

    > Sorry for the multi-post. It was a communication problem with
    > eternal-september.


    You weren't the only one.



    --
    Where's the cursor?
    Where's the eraser?
    Where's the cursor?
    Where's the eraser?
     
  8. PE

    PE Flightless Bird

    So, then, where is that "public" desktop in the directory tree?

    "Raven" <scooter_904@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:i2g8nu$226$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > "PE" <ple@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
    > news:EKadnUfWs77jF9bRnZ2dnUVZ_q2dnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >> Hi all: I have Win7HP/64 and have noted seemingly erratic behavior in
    >> Windows Explorer that I thought someone here might be able to explain:
    >> When I navigate to and select "Favorites|Desktop" (at the top of the
    >> navigation pane), the right side pane shows every item that is on my
    >> desktop. However, when I navigate to "c:|users|me|Desktop" (lower down
    >> on the navigation pane) the right side pane shows only a couple, not all,
    >> of those items. What is the explanation for this seemingly inconsistent
    >> behavior? And in light of the above I'm wondering, when I select a
    >> folder in the navigation pane, how can I be certain that ALL of its
    >> contents are being displayed? Thanks for your replies. PE

    >
    > Favorites/Desktop will show items in the "Public" desktop folder plus all
    > items that you've added only to your desktop. C:/users/me/desktop will
    > show only the items relating to your desktop and will not include the
    > "Public" desktop items.
    >
    > Each user can have items on their desktop that no other user will see on
    > their desktop. The items in the "Public" desktop will be added to all
    > users' desktops.
    >
    > So, if you have "Item 1" in the public desktop, and "Item 2" in your
    > desktop, you will see both items on your desktop. A different user will
    > see only "Item 1" on their desktop.
    >
     
  9. Raven

    Raven Flightless Bird

    "PE" <ple@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
    news:cPWdnbGEDetn5NHRnZ2dnUVZ_ridnZ2d@earthlink.com...

    > So, then, where is that "public" desktop in the directory tree?


    C:/Users/Public/Public Desktop
     
  10. PE

    PE Flightless Bird

    On my system, "c:/users\public" does NOT contain a subfolder called "Public
    Desktop". What now?

    "Raven" <scooter_904@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:i2i19a$l63$1@news.eternal-september.org...
    > "PE" <ple@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
    > news:cPWdnbGEDetn5NHRnZ2dnUVZ_ridnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    >
    >> So, then, where is that "public" desktop in the directory tree?

    >
    > C:/Users/Public/Public Desktop
    >
     
  11. Raven

    Raven Flightless Bird

    "PE" <ple@ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
    news:pcidnZv0CM7JBdHRnZ2dnUVZ_vCdnZ2d@earthlink.com...
    > On my system, "c:/users\public" does NOT contain a subfolder called
    > "Public Desktop". What now?


    Sorry, I forgot to mention that the Public Desktop folder is hidden by
    default.

    1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the C:/Users/Public folder.
    2. Click on Tools in the menu bar, click on Folder Options. In the Folder
    Options window, click on the View tab and under the option Hidden files and
    folders choose Show hidden files, folders, or drive.
    3. Click Apply and then Ok.
    4. Now check if you have the Public Desktop folder. If not, close Windows
    Explorer, re-open it, and navigate to C:/Users/Public folder. The Public
    Desktop folder should be there.

    To unhide this folder permanently and re-hide all other hidden
    files/folders, perform the steps below:
    1. Right click on the Public Desktop folder and choose Properties.
    2. Remove the hidden attribute.
    3. Click Apply and then ok.
    4. Repeat step 2 in the first set of instructions above, but this time
    choose Don't show hidden files, folders, or drives.
     

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