"they do not appear in the desktop contents list in My Computer."
Try clicking Start, Run and DESKTOP. Press enter and see if they are there.
I am no longer able to save notepad text documents to the desktop. They just disappear. When I try to resave them there I am told they already exist on the desktop, but I cannot acess them and they do not appear in the desktop contents list in My Computer. The desktop is not overcrowded - there is space for new icons.
Thank you for any suggestions.