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What is Desktop?

I refer to the desktop as what is on my screen before I have opened anything. But I find that in C:\Window\Desktop there are a number of files or folders that don't showup on my physical desktop. So, I am just wondering how my computer determines what to put in desktop. Thanks, grandpaw

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Re: What is Desktop?

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What is your Windows OS (95, 98, 2k, NT, XP)?

Your Desktop is not in a folder with a path of "C:\Window\Desktop"
I am not aware of any of the MS operating systems that use such a path.

In Windows 2k and XP, your directory is in:
C:\Documents and Settings\<yourname>\Desktop

In Windows 95 and 98, and I think ME, it is in:
C:\Windows\Desktop
note the plural in Windows.

In another message you mentioned you are using Windows 98, so perhaps you just mistyped.

In Win98, I would expect any files and folders in "C:\Windows\Desktop" that show up in the Windows Explorer, to be visible somewhere on the desktop...
unless! and maybe this could be the answer,
perhaps the "invisible" bit is on those files or folders.

I really don't know if this makes the item "invisible" on the real desktop, (I have never tried it) but possible. Select the item, in your Window Explorer, do a right-click, select Properties, and check the file attributes. See if the "Hidden" bit is on. If so, then see what happens by clicking it off.

The other possibility might be that the items are placed beyond the borders of your desktop screen. There used to be a virus, years ago, that "hid" files on your desktop by placing them in this "outside the fringes" area.

You might try and see if this trick will get such located items back in view:
Select the top edge of your Task bar (assuming your Task bar is along the bottom of your screen, if not than you figure which edge is comparable) and drag that edge is much, much "taller" It will adjust to about mid screen. Let the edge adjustment go. Now drag it back to where you really want it.
By doing this adjustment, all the items on your desktop will generally re-adjust themselves to the visible area of your screen.

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A simpler way would be to right click over a vacant part of the screen select "auto arange" on the "arange icons" option.

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Chuck pretty much explains everything except you'll find the default for certain Windows (and I might add that the folder where the operating system (Windows) is installed can be on any drive and the named anything besides Windows) items such as the Recycled Bin, My Computer and a few others are not dipicted in the folder for Desktop, "Click to see an example screenshot."

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