Whenever posting questions on these forums, please give us as much information as possible about your computer. We need the operating system, processor speed, amount of RAM installed, and anything else you think might help. The more information you can give us, the better informed our answer will be. Enough of that, back to your question.
First, of all, the files and applications are still there, you just can't see them. Sometimes, if they are files, then they need to be 'shared" correctly, but as mentioned above, we need to know the operating system.
For program shortcuts and start ups, most multiple user computers also have a listing for "All Users". For example, on a Windows XP computer, your particular "desktop shortcuts" will be placed in the "C\Documents and Settings\Yourusername\Desktop". As an "administrator" log in, you can copy/paste those various items to the "C\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop", or to any specific user's "Desktop" folder, and they should then be available to all users.
In addition, if there are any programs that a particular user wants to creat a shortcut for, they simply need to click on "Start-All Programs, then RIGHT click on the program listing and create a shortcut from that location.
Hope this helps.
I just changed the settings on my computer so that there can be multiple users on it. My problem is that the new user i created has basicly none of the various files and applications that are on the default user. how do I transfe those files from the default user to the on I created?