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"Recent Places" icon appears in desktop

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  • I was trying the "recent places" option in Windows Explorer when a "recent places" icon suddenly appears in the desktop. There's no delete option for it, even when I try to drop it in the recycle bin. However, when I personalize the desktop and disable and re-enable recycle bin icon, the "recent places" icon suddenly disappears.
    Monday, May 18, 2009 3:39 PM

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  • Hi,
         Simply 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 clicking the libraries icon, right clicking the "recent places" icon to the left of the window, and then clicking "send to" Desktop shortcut.

    Gabe
    Friday, May 29, 2009 5:07 AM
  • hi Gabe,

    There is no "recent places" in my libraries icon. It seems like the original "recent places" was placed on my desktop. Therefore, I cannot move this icon anywhere else except create a short cut to other folder. Could you please advice?

    Thank you.
    Friday, June 19, 2009 4:28 AM
  • Same thing just happened to me today.

    Open Computer and drag recent places to your Favorites in the sidebar. It should display create a link. Then follow Gabez instructions, and your problem will be solved.
    Thursday, June 25, 2009 10:01 PM
  • everytime i clear recent place on the side bar or by deleting everything in the links folder, i get recent places icon on my desktop.

    right clinking the desktop and hitting refresh fixes it but this is damn quriky...
    Wednesday, November 04, 2009 6:41 AM
  • yes even i faced this same issue.....
    Thank u guys .... i got it fixed by just DRAGGING IT TO FAVORITES and creating a shortcut icon in desktop .... and right click in desktop and REFRESH the screen... the "RECENT PLACE " icon got disappeared...
    Keep helping and smiling .....!!
    Saturday, November 28, 2009 5:54 AM
    1. Open 'Computer'.
    2. Right click on 'Recent Places'
    3. Choose 'Send To' > 'Desktop (create shortcut)'
    4. Right click the desktop icon
    5. Delete
    Sunday, February 14, 2010 12:55 AM
  • Hi guys i have the same problem and i have tried everything u have sed but it wont work it doesnt have a shortcut sign so i am thinking it is a system file plz help.
    There is one shortcut one and another one which i knw is not a shortcut and is un deletable.

    cheers

    :D
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 6:33 PM
  • Thank you frumbert2010, it worked!
    Thursday, February 18, 2010 4:20 AM
  • Thanks works great.
    Saturday, March 20, 2010 3:59 PM
  • many thanks worked
    Friday, April 02, 2010 9:15 AM
  • everytime i clear recent place on the side bar or by deleting everything in the links folder, i get recent places icon on my desktop.

    right clinking the desktop and hitting refresh fixes it but this is damn quriky...


    thanks, yeah right clicking desktop then hitting refresh works.

     

    easyer that making a new shortcut :S

     

    weird

    Saturday, April 03, 2010 6:47 PM
  • That does not work for me.  The original icon always stays. The only thing which works for me in Windows 7 is hitting 'Referesh' desktop.
    Thursday, September 23, 2010 7:25 PM
  • i also had the same problem regarding the recent places icon where there is no delete.  when i tried to reset my computer it's gone
    Sunday, September 26, 2010 7:52 PM
  • Thanks frumbert2010. Your instructions worked perfectly.
    Wednesday, November 03, 2010 10:38 AM
  • thanks gabe ^_^
    Thursday, December 16, 2010 3:25 PM
  • hi, Frumbert2010,

    You are the best, simple and worked from 7 ...

    Thanks

    Monday, April 18, 2011 8:18 AM
  • It happened to me, it really annoyed me for a while, but all you need to do is right click then click refresh.
    Wednesday, June 01, 2011 11:44 PM
  • I was trying the "recent places" option in Windows Explorer when a "recent places" icon suddenly appears in the desktop. There's no delete option for it, even when I try to drop it in the recycle bin. However, when I personalize the desktop and disable and re-enable recycle bin icon, the "recent places" icon suddenly disappears.
    just now when i restrated my windows 7 starter pc the icon disappeared!!!
    Friday, July 15, 2011 12:20 PM
  • weird, but it works

    ty

    Monday, July 18, 2011 1:18 PM
  • Hi,
         Simply 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 clicking the libraries icon, right clicking the "recent places" icon to the left of the window, and then clicking "send to" Desktop shortcut.

    Gabe

     

    -Thanks, this worked!!!!

    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:24 PM
  • Thanks, this does work, but the bigger question is why does it happen? Is this virus related? A Windows 7 flaw? It's now 9/23/2011 and is still happening to users!
    Never go hungry
    Friday, September 23, 2011 11:05 AM
  • I have tried all these things. None of them worked. I keep nothing on my desktop, so, for now, I just hid all desktop icons. Although, occasionally, I save something to the desktop when I know I will be deleting or moving it shortly, it's just there as something to get to quickly. I would love to have it taken off, but it just won't work. It's so annoying.
    Thursday, September 29, 2011 5:55 AM
  • ^100% BEST ANSWER

    Worked for me. Thanks, 'frumbert2010'.
    Saturday, October 08, 2011 8:23 AM
  • Thanks Gabez ...That worked!!!
    Vinayak Prabha
    Monday, December 26, 2011 6:06 PM
  • JUST RIGHT CLICK AND CLICK REFRESH ON THE DESKTOP
    Tuesday, December 27, 2011 1:49 AM
  • Right away, Gabe had the correct answer.  Understand what he wrote, and your problem is fixed...thanks Gabe!
    Friday, July 06, 2012 12:21 AM
  • I recently had this as well.  Not sure why, but it seems to have happened when I accidentally moved another icon in place of my recycle bin instead of into the bin.  Removing the bin and then putting it back got rid of the recent places icon.
    Saturday, October 06, 2012 5:34 AM
  • You are fantastic !!! Worked super fast. THANKS !!!!!!!!!!!
    Friday, December 07, 2012 4:36 PM
  • This quite ridiculous condition still exists years later in Windows 8.  Pretty sad really.  Clear recent places and you get a magic icon on your desktop.  A desktop refresh does remove it.

    Mark

    Friday, December 14, 2012 12:36 AM
  • Thanks very much !!
    Sunday, July 14, 2013 5:01 AM
  • thanks this worked for me

    Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:00 AM
  • You can go to recent places, right click it and press clear recent item list. That's going to delete all the recent items you have seen. Hope this helps :D

    Sunday, January 05, 2014 2:59 AM
  • Cool THanks :) 
    Tuesday, January 07, 2014 12:33 AM
  • Hello,

    Thank you so much you help me alot sir or girl!

    Sunday, January 26, 2014 7:48 PM
  • Thanks, this does work, but the bigger question is why does it happen? Is this virus related? A Windows 7 flaw? It's now 9/23/2011 and is still happening to users!
    Never go hungry

    I'm with Mr. Fishinwa:

    WHY do I have to keep doing the refresh?  I already am having problems with my arm from all the scrolling and right-clicking required by the MESSED UP Windows Explorer's habit of opening folders below the screen and then randomly moving to a different folder.  

    Now I have to do more right-clicking to get rid of a folder/icon/shortcut I don't want on my desktop?  

    I've used Windows for 2 decades without having tendon problems - now I've gotten them in 3 weeks of Windows 7.  

    Yet another unanswered problem. 

    Friday, May 30, 2014 11:02 PM
  • everytime i clear recent place on the side bar or by deleting everything in the links folder, i get recent places icon on my desktop.

    right clicking the desktop and hitting refresh fixes it but this is damn quirky...
    Right Clicking the desktop and hitting refresh worked for me as well..
    Monday, June 16, 2014 5:47 PM
  • I did as You suggested, I simply right clicked on my Desktop and hit the Refresh and Bam, the Recent Places Icon went Away! Thank You Very Much for a Very Simple Cure for this Pain in the PC Rear! I'll try to remember this for when it Again, as I'm sure it will! Computer's are so Smart... "Ya, Right! LOL!" Take Good Care My Friend! Shalom, Pastor  Bill Nap 3!
    Monday, June 23, 2014 4:08 PM
  • Thanks Gabe - this really does the trick. Initially I thought it impossible / fixed by Microsoft to prevent from being deleted /removed. Thanks. 
    Friday, July 25, 2014 9:57 AM
  • Hey mate that was awesome it worked thankyou so much for your help.........
    Tuesday, September 09, 2014 6:22 PM