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    Unable to remove ‘Recent Places’ icon from Windows 7 desktop

    While I was checking favorites available in explorer on my PC upgraded to Windows 7, I have accidentally clicked the ‘Recent Places’. Since then, the icon of the corresponding option starts displaying on the desktop. No matter how hard I tried, I can’t find a way to remove it. Can anyone suggest a proper way to get rid of this icon from desktop?

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    Aniruddha Array
    Join Date
    Jul 2012

    Re: Unable to remove ‘Recent Places’ icon from Windows 7 desktop


    your problem can be solved in a couple of ways which are described later, try them.

    Click open "Computer" and from within the following screen drag "recent places" to "Favorites" ,

    and then "refresh" dekstop by right clicking on the desktop and from the menu select "Refresh".

    Another way is to go to Start > type cmd in the search box, in the Command Prompt type c:\users\<username> and delete the links folder, and that will do the job permanently.


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    ghanathey swetha Array
    Join Date
    Nov 2012

    Re: Unable to remove ‘Recent Places’ icon from Windows 7 desktop

    I suggest you to create a shortcut for "recent places" on your desktop. This will override the existing "recent places" icon. Then you can simply delete it. This can be accomplished by following the below steps:
    >>Open 'Computer'.
    >>Right click on 'Recent Places'
    >>Choose 'Send To' > 'Desktop (create shortcut)'
    >>Right click the desktop icon

    Thank you.

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    heemanshubhalla Array
    Join Date
    Sep 2012

    Re: Unable to remove ‘Recent Places’ icon from Windows 7 desktop

    To solve the problem

    1. Open "Computer" and drag "Recent Places" to your Favorites in the sidebar

    2. Afterwards MAKE SURE YOU refresh your desktop by clicking on an empty space of your desktop and pressing the F5 key or right clicking the Desktop and selecting "Refresh" from the context menu.

    3. The Recent Places icon belongs in Favorites but can sometimes accidentely be moved out, creating an odd and frustrating link. Moving it back solves the problem.

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    mahhiads Array
    Join Date
    Oct 2012

    Re: Unable to remove ‘Recent Places’ icon from Windows 7 desktop

    Hello Friend,

    Just Follow Some Steps Are :

    Method : 1:

    >> Again Try For Deletion And Look What Error They Provided If Any Than Use The Windows Defender And Scan That System Than Restart The System And Again Try For Deletion.

    Method : 2 :

    >> Restart The System

    >> And Access The System In Safe Mode

    >> Than Come To Desktop Screen And Delete The ICON

    >> And Restart The System

    I Hope That Info Is Usefully

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    ak47 Array
    Join Date
    Jan 2013

    Re: Unable to remove ‘Recent Places’ icon from Windows 7 desktop

    Right-click an icon on the desktop, and then click Delete.


    • Locate the item that you want to create a shortcut for. (For help with finding a file or folder, see Find a file or folder. For help with finding a program, see The Start menu (overview).)
    • Right-click the item, click Send To, and then click Desktop (create shortcut). The shortcut icon appears on your desktop.

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    kumar12337 Array
    Join Date
    Sep 2012

    Re: Unable to remove ‘Recent Places’ icon from Windows 7 desktop

    HI, my dear friend...........to remove the recent places short cut from the desktop ......go this way

    1. click the start menu and go to control panel

    2. then click on appearance and personalization.....and again click personalization option

    3. then click on CHANGE DESKTOP ICONS option at the top of left pane

    4. then select the USER's files option and click apply and click OK

    5. after that go to the desktop and open the users files folder and double click on links folder

    6. Then Drag recent places short cut from the desktop and drop in to the links folder

    then again go to 3rd step ....and unselect the Users folder option .....then click apply and OK button

    ALL THE BEST..!!!!

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