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    Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    How can I change the default location for the pointers for the items that are in the user folder like downloads, music, pictures etc.?

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    Re: Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    Would a Google search help?
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    Re: Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    John, I apologize. I guess that one comes under the heading OD "Duh!".

    How are the Name Spaces (?) set up so that on the desktop they are not shortcuts, seemingly, and yet, they must be. So what was in XP a "Documents" desktop icon now is the parent "CWBillow" (in my case)?

    And I did try a search for this, but I suppose my terms weren't correct, because I got nada back.

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    Re: Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    Sorry Chuck - you've lost me.
    "How are the Name Spaces (?) set up so that on the desktop they are not shortcuts, seemingly, and yet, they must be." <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>
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    Re: Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    John, I'm sorry:

    In the graphic, the one on the left is an Internet Explorer "desktop icon", which strangely, I didn't find in the "typical" Windows Vista install. I did find the reg entry to generate it (Google guys!) however. But note the differences between it and the properties of the one on the right, a "standard" shortcut. Obviously that on the left holds access to a great deal more useful info than a regular shortcut.

    So I was wondering if there is/was a formula for how desktop icons are generated.

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    Re: Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    Chuck,
    I think the one on the left is the full Internet Options screen.
    The right one is just for the shortcut properties itself.
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    Re: Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    There is no standard or formula. It is up to the program developer to decide what the shortcuts contain.

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    Re: Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    Bob:L

    That's true, it is. And it's available by right-clicking the Internet Explorer icon on the desktop. The same is true of the Outlook icon, which, instead of showing the shortcut etc., give access to the datafiles.

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    Re: Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    Joe:

    But doesn't there have to be some formulaic guidelines for desktop icons -- not "shortcuts" mind you, but those "special ones? And, since ultimately they are leading to regular files or folders, there would then be a way to apply that method to any other?

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    Re: Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    Thanks Hans.

    I found one for Outlook as well: Outlook 2007 Icon on Desktop .

    So I'm obviously not the first one with the question, as the items are there.

    But how did they determine how to accomplish it? Is it some core Windows programming process? If so, then oh well. But if it is a process for which there is a step-by-step, so to speak, then maybe...

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    Re: Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    These shortcuts are not like the standard ones, they have "magic" properties. They are controlled by the Windows registry, and Microsoft's programmers have defined how they behave. It's not something that mere mortals such as you or I can understand - you need to have inside knowledge of the way these things have been defined.

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    Re: Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    Hans:

    Now how did I know that you were going to say something like that? Mere mortal like *me* perhaps...

    But then, the short version is "You can't screw around with those."

    Oh well...

    Thanks Hans.

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    Re: Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    See Hans' <post:=751,554>post 751,554</post:>. You MIGHT be able to find something if you poked/searched around MSDN: Microsoft Developer Network long enough.

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    Re: Default Folders / Pointers (Vista Ultimate)

    Thanks Joe...

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