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    System changes shortcut target? (Home SP1)

    A while back I created a shortcut to the shared "All Users" desktop. I placed it on my admin desktop so I could easily add new items for everyone. It worked as expected, letting me drag&drop to copy/move items as needed. Given that it was effective, and a likely permanent fixture on my desktop, I decided to change its icon, from the default "folder" to a "desktop". That worked fine. BUT, the shortcut no longer worked correctly. Now, it sent items to my desktop, instead of the shared desktop!

    On investigation, I found the shortcut target had somehow changed from "...All UsersDesktop" to "...(myID)Desktop". I corrected it manually, but it's behaviour remained unchanged. Looked again, and the manual correction was gone!

    Any idea HOW this happens, let alone WHY? <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

    To try it for yourself, navigate to "...Documents and SettingsAll Users". RIght-drag the "Desktop" folder to your desktop, and select "Create Shortcuts Here". You can now double-click (open) it check the contents of the shared desktop. You can also drop items on the shortcut to place them on the shared desktop.
    Now, right-click the shortcut and select properties. Note the value in "Target:", then select "Change Icon...". Pick an icon, any icon (even the default), and click OK. The selected icon displays in the top left corner, and "Target:" appears unchanged. Click OK.
    Double-click (open) the shortcut and you should see your desktop, not the shared one that came up before the icon change! <img src=/S/dizzy.gif border=0 alt=dizzy width=15 height=15>
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    Re: System changes shortcut target? (Home SP1)

    Well, I was hoping to have a workaround for you, Tim, but it DOES IT to me too. I have a folder shortcut on my desktop, whose icon I've changed long ago. I call it Start Menus and in it I have 4 shortcuts to desktops and start menus. The attachment is a crop of a corner of my screen showing the icon on the desktop and opened in its window. Like you, if I change the icon that's INSIDE the window, it changes to MY (AEH) desktop. Don't know the answer (yet).....

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    Re: System changes shortcut target? (Home SP1)

    It's always nice to know that it's not just my imagination. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> This may not not be the most critical issue around, but it does bug me when the system does it's own thing, and especially when I can't figure out why? <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>
    <font face="Comic Sans MS" color="blue">TimOz</font>
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