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    Can't delete a Favorite (XP sp1)

    <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> I have a "favorites" item that won't delete. I was trying to clean up the favorites folder, and this one won't delete, so neither will the folders above it. The error message is "Can't find the specified file". Evidently the entry is there, but the file is not...?
    Any idea how to whack favorites/shorcut entries like this? How would I have inadvertently caused this?
    Neither Norton nor Checkdisk find it as a problem.

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    Re: Can't delete a Favorite (XP sp1)

    See if you can move it to a higher level folder. If it works, at least you can dump the empty folders, and it may even become "deletable". If not, you'll have to wait for a brighter idea.
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    Re: Can't delete a Favorite (XP sp1)

    Try renaming it and then delete it.

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    Re: Can't delete a Favorite (XP sp1)

    Thanks for the ideas, guys.
    "Move" did nix. As did "Rename", which wouldn't come up with a R=click, and did nothing from the menu.
    If I try to run it, I get "This internet shortcut cannot be opened because failed to run" (Good thing Microsoft doesn't teach English)
    When I click OK in that box, another comes up: "Unable to open shortcut ""." (Outside quotes are mine)
    That implies to me that the shortcut has no characters in the name, even though it has a very long one.
    Would this happen in any other version of windows, I wonder? Maybe I should post it in "General".
    What do you think?

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    Re: Can't delete a Favorite (XP sp1)

    Another couple of long shots
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    Re: Can't delete a Favorite (XP sp1)

    <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> TimOz, you is da MAN!!
    This admittedly small problem has been nagging at me for awhile. Open Command Window is one of the things I just hadn't yet used in XP; I use '98 all day at work and the dos box is much less handy there. Del "filename" didn't work, I'm assuming either because the file name was incredibly long, or because there were illegal characters. But the good 'ole nuclear solution, del *.*, killed it.
    Learned something very useful with this. Thanks, I appreciate it.

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    Re: Can't delete a Favorite (XP sp1)

    You're welcome. Only wish I'd remembered the obvious sledgehammer approach right up front. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Can't delete a Favorite (XP sp1)

    Hi, Tim ~

    How are you getting 'Open command window here'? I am not finding it right-clicking on 'Favorites', a sub-folder, or a URL.

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    Re: Can't delete a Favorite (XP sp1)

    <img src=/S/woops.gif border=0 alt=woops width=58 height=36> I got lucky! Bill must have installed "Open Command Window Here" from <!post=PowerToys for XP,135109 >PowerToys for XP<!/post>. I've had it since day dot, and forgot it wasn't standard <img src=/S/sorry.gif border=0 alt=sorry width=15 height=15>
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