Technology Toolbox

Your technology Sherpa for the Microsoft platform

Jeremy Jameson - Founder and Principal



Stop putting shortcuts on my Windows desktop!

This morning I noticed a new shortcut for iTunes on my Windows desktop (as a result of installing a patch from Apple yesterday).

After a fleeting moment of irritation, I selected the icon, pressed the Delete key, and subsequently entered my administrator credentials to purge the shortcut once again. (I'm sure I deleted this shortcut before when I originally installed iTunes back in December.)

I don't think I am alone in feeling irritated when applications like iTunes, Adobe Reader, et al.  automatically drop icons onto my desktop.

People, we aren't using Windows 95 -- or its inbred cousin, Windows Me -- anymore. At least I certainly hope not!

The days of automatically adding a shortcut for your application to the Windows desktop should be long gone. Windows XP was released back in 2001 and I believe that was when Microsoft issued the prescriptive guidance to stop placing shortcuts on the desktop.

So why is it now 2012 and I still have to keep manually deleting desktop shortcuts like iTunes and Adobe Reader?

I don't own a Mac -- and I'll probably forget to ask the next time I visit my mother-in-law -- so I can only speculate about the experience on that operating system. However, something tells me that neither Apple nor Adobe automatically adds icons for its products to the Mac desktop (or whatever it is called on that OS).



  1. # re: Stop putting shortcuts on my Windows desktop!

    June 19, 2013 8:08 PM
    Bill Freese
    June 2013, same crime still being committed.

Add Comment

Optional, but recommended (especially if you have a Gravatar). Note that your email address will not appear with your comment.
If URL is specified, it will be included as a link with your name.

To prevent spam from being submitted, please select the following fruit: Apple

Please add 4 and 6 and type the answer here: