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Shortcut Icons do not open website

by jimngnvl / February 8, 2012 10:33 PM PST

When I click on my desktop icons they open an incomplete, but usable, browser window but not the website that they are attached to--any suggestions? I am using Windows XP and Internet Explorer

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(NT) Tried Creating New Ones?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 9, 2012 1:36 AM PST
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(NT) Yes, several times. The shortcut to IE works but others dont
by jimngnvl / February 9, 2012 9:14 AM PST
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Please confirm
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 9, 2012 7:59 PM PST

Your post seems to say the issue with IE is now fixed. You created new URL web shortcuts from IE and placed them on your Desktop, then closed down IE, clicked on any of the new shortcuts then they opened those same web sites.

Is that correct? if so, what are these others you mention? Different browsers' shortcuts?


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Shortcut icons do not open websites
by jimngnvl / February 10, 2012 4:39 AM PST
In reply to: Please confirm

That is not quite what happens. When I click on an commercial icon (i.e. - my bank's website shortcut icon) the IE website comes up but is incomplete and appears as it is searching for the bank's website but never finds it. The others my bank, my e-mail, other commercial websites, etc.

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So did you make new shortcuts as suggested?
by Edward ODaniel / February 10, 2012 3:12 PM PST

If not you might give it a try.

1. Right click the desktop
2. Select New from the context menu then Shortcut in the flyout menu
3. Type in the complete URL to your bank or wherever such as
4. click the Next button and then type the name for the shortcut (eg. My Bank )
5. Click Finish
6. double click the new shortcut and fill us in on the results.

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So did you make new shortcuts as suggested?
by jimngnvl / February 12, 2012 8:51 AM PST

That didn't work but it appears that it corrected itself when I changed my default browser to IE. Thanks for you help.

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