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    Default Remove unwanted icons/shortcuts from desktop?

    I want to get rid of an icon/shortcut on my desktop. Dragging to recycle bin doesn't do anything. Right click on unwanted icon does not include a delete option. Any suggestions...?

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    Default Re: Remove unwanted icons/shortcuts from desktop?

    '618',

    If you don't want it to go to the Bin, highlight the icon, hit Shift+Delete. You get a window asking if you're sure you want to do this, hit YES. This can be done w/ any icon, file, folder or...

    If you DO want it to go to the Bin, Rt Clk the icon & select Delete from the resultant menu.

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    Default Re: Remove unwanted icons/shortcuts from desktop?

    Thanks, Drew. But...no luck. It's the "Recent Places" icon that I want to remove. The right-click menu is different from the menus I get on application icons - only four items: Open, Pin to start, Clear recent items, and Create shortcut. There is no Delete option. Shift+Delete does nothing.

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    Default Re: Remove unwanted icons/shortcuts from desktop?

    Use "Clear Recent Items"

    Are you talking about a Windows 8 Desktop?

    Sounds like another OS.

    If you open Desktop in a windows view from the Nav Tree can you not delete the icon (from) there?

    Get back to me, please. Thanks.

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    Default Re: Remove unwanted icons/shortcuts from desktop?

    Drew, I restarted the machine and the icon did not reappear on the desktop. For now, my problem is solved.
    Yes, it's Windows 8.
    I am not familiar with the Nav Tree. Home user, Windows XP for the past six years - new computer with Windows 8 last month. It's been interesting...

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    Default Re: Remove unwanted icons/shortcuts from desktop?

    Ok, cool. Glad it's normal & proper, now. Good for you getting off XP & on to Win8, kudos for that. Even though I know Win8 in great depth, that icon & term rings w/ more familiarity in pre-Win8 Windows. Did you Upgrade from XP to 8? That might explain why it was there. There lots of stuff, info, tips et all I & others have put in this Forum to help your interesting journey into Windows 8. Several helpful Folks here and you're welcome to pick my brain, anytime.

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    Default Re: Remove unwanted icons/shortcuts from desktop?

    rectangle618, Welcome to the Forum!

    Glad to hear from someone who has successfully went straight from XP Home to Windows 8 Pro. Many XP users don't have the "NX" capabilities in their CPU, or option in the BIOS to enable it, so are stuck with XP until a new computer can be bought. Fortunately, you must have one of the later models.

    I hope that you have a satisfying experience with Windows 8, should you need assistance, the Forum is open 24/7. You are also always welcome to participate & help others, all levels of experience are needed here. Going from XP to 8 is a gigantic leap forward, your experience likely can help others.

    Best of Luck,
    Cat

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