Subscriber Evelyn Summeras wrote to ask about a Windows Desktop problem — she has lots of strange icons showing on her desktop…
Love your computer tips. Here’s a good on I have for you.
I do not know how it happened BUT on my home page there are 84 small white square boxes (about the size of a half postage stamp) with different letters & numbers under each one,such as FAP EAC 9tmp, 3ZA6tmp,58BEtmp,FAPF031 and so on.
I never click on any as I thought it to be some kind of spam. any Idea’.? NO way to click it off.
Tried shutting of my computer over night. Still on in the morning.
I can still use my computer.
I wrote back to Evelyn to explain that it sounds like she (or a program she installed) unpacked its files in the Windows Desktop folder.
What she’s describing sounds like icons for files that are in the Desktop folder.
The Windows Desktop is simply a specific method of displaying the files in a folder on your hard drive — and only those that are in the Desktop folder.
You can create folders within the Desktop to store more icons in the Desktop. Just right-click on the Desktop, select New, and then Folder. Drag-and-drop icons into that folder or other folders you create on the Desktop, in order to make it more organized.
In Windows 7, the Desktop folder is found in:
In Windows Vista, the Desktop folder is in the same location.
In Windows XP, the Windows Desktop folder is located in:
C:\Documents and Settings\Users\[username]\Desktop