Solved Strange Folder on Desktop


EddyandBob

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Hello!
I have just started using Windows 11 (by purchasing a new laptop). Somehow in "personalizing" the desktop a number of folders appeared on the desktop that were not shortcuts: Control Panel, Network, This PC, and one that has my name, perhaps something else too. I don't recall how I accomplished this! Though they weren't shortcuts they were "copies" (!?) and so I was able to successfully delete all but the one that had my name on it. The one with my name on it contains all the folders that contain all of my data. It is actually C:\Users\libra. I have learned (I think) that deleting this folder as administrator will delete all my data as well! This folder has no "properties" and it can't be moved but it can be copied. How can I removed this unnecessary (for me) folder from my desktop? Thanks for the forum.
Edward
 
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Welcome to ElevenForum!

I'm on Windows 11 22H2 so forgive me if the location for this is slightly different on your PC, but hopefully this gets you where you need to go...

Open Settings > Personalization > Themes > Desktop Icon Settings.

From here you can deselect "User's Files". Select or deselect any of the other options as you see fit.
 

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Hello!
I have just started using Windows 11 (by purchasing a new laptop). Somehow in "personalizing" the desktop a number of folders appeared on the desktop that were not shortcuts: Control Panel, Network, This PC, and one that has my name, perhaps something else too. I don't recall how I accomplished this! Though they weren't shortcuts they were "copies" (!?) and so I was able to successfully delete all but the one that had my name on it. The one with my name on it contains all the folders that contain all of my data. It is actually C:\Users\libra. I have learned (I think) that deleting this folder as administrator will delete all my data as well! This folder has no "properties" and it can't be moved but it can be copied. How can I removed this unnecessary (for me) folder from my desktop? Thanks for the forum.
Edward



Here's where it is on Windows 10. It will be located somewhere close to this on Windows 11...

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    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
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    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4201)
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    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
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    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
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    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
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    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
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    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
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    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
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    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
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    up to 2048 x 1536
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    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
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    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
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    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
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    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
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    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
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    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
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    Firefox 3.x ??
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    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

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Welcome to ElevenForum!

I'm on Windows 11 22H2 so forgive me if the location for this is slightly different on your PC, but hopefully this gets you where you need to go...

Open Settings > Personalization > Themes > Desktop Icon Settings.

From here you can deselect "User's Files". Select or deselect any of the other options as you see fit.
Well well...Many thanks to you my friend! Now I remember how I did it in the first place. Take care.
 

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EddyandBob

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Thank you for replying. That is it. Now I understand what I did! Best.



I think everyone of us, has had that happen.
Ofc, then finding that setting again, is next to impossible, because MS has hidden it behind several fake walls and one or two boss monsters. You have to be high level and have indestructible weapons and armor to ever find the desktop icons setting a second time.
 

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    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4201)
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    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
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    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
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    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
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    Dell U3011 30"
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    2560 x 1600
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    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
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    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
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    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
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    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
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    Onboard
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    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
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    up to 2048 x 1536
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    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
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    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
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    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

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I think everyone of us, has had that happen.
Ofc, then finding that setting again, is next to impossible, because MS has hidden it behind several fake walls and one or two boss monsters. You have to be high level and have indestructible weapons and armor to ever find the desktop icons setting a second time.
That is such a perfect description!

After having this happen more than once, I finally remembered exactly what the cause was when I read the OP, but it took me a little while to figure out where that &*$% setting was.
 

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    ASUS Prime Z590-A
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    128GB Crucial Ballistix 3200MHz DRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    No GPU - CPU graphics only (for now)
    Sound Card
    Realtek (on motherboard)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Envy 32
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    2560 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    1 x 1TB NVMe Gen 4 x 4 SSD
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    2 x 512GB 2.5" SSDs
    2 x 8TB HD
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    Corsair HX850i
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    Corsair iCue 5000X RGB
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    Noctua NH-D15 chromax.black cooler + 10 case fans
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    Intel i7-7500U
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    32GB
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    Dual Intel HD 620 and Nvidia GeForce 940MX
    Sound Card
    Built-in Realtek HD Audio
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    4k 15-inch
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    4k (3840 x 2160)
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That is such a perfect description!

After having this happen more than once, I finally remembered exactly what the cause was when I read the OP, but it took me a little while to figure out where that &*$% setting was.


Same. I was on the trail of the elusive setting, and the scroll said 5 steps north and 3 steps east.
Silly me, I got them reversed, and ended up in an angry dragon's den.
Fortunately for me, it was a laser beam dragon, and I had my Reflecting Shield of the Colossus with me.

So after defeating the dragon and fighting off six Umber Hulk Guardians,
I found the legendary Settings of Desktop Icons Scroll. :D
 
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    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4201)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    100/100
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?183088-5000-B-E-on-M2N32-SLI-Dlx-Overclocked&p=2891724#post2891724

EddyandBob

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I think everyone of us, has had that happen.
Ofc, then finding that setting again, is next to impossible, because MS has hidden it behind several fake walls and one or two boss monsters. You have to be high level and have indestructible weapons and armor to ever find the desktop icons setting a second time.
I won't feel so bad then. Since I am decidedly without the needed weapons, it's a good thing I found this forum. It's nice to have one's problem so quickly dealt with. Carry on!
 

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  • OS
    Windows 11
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL INSPIRON 15 3510
    CPU
    Intel(R) Pentium(R) Silver N5030 CPU @ 1.10GH
    Memory
    Installed RAM 4.00 GB (3.79 GB usable)
    Hard Drives
    220 GB
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