General discussion

Locked

Cannot remove web shortcut from desktop.

By Choppit ·
I have a web shortcut on my desktop which I cannot delete from within Windows. If I try to delete or rename the shortcut I get a message telling me that the filename is too long. I had this problem once previously and successfully deleted from the command prompt. I'm just curious to know if anyone else has experienced this and if anyone knows why this happens and if there is a way to delete from within windows. The PC in question is W2K.

This conversation is currently closed to new comments.

6 total posts (Page 1 of 1)  
| Thread display: Collapse - | Expand +

All Comments

Collapse -

Cannot remove web shortcut from desktop.

by TheChas In reply to Cannot remove web shortcu ...

Yes, some web links get very long.

I now use a web service www.tinyurl.com to shorten those pesky long urls.

Have you tried using Windows explorer, and deleting the shortcut from there?

(C:\Windows\Desktop)

Or, simply dragging the link over to the recycle bin?

Chas

Collapse -

Cannot remove web shortcut from desktop.

by Choppit In reply to Cannot remove web shortcu ...

Thanks for your input but I have the same problem with dragging to the recycle bin and deleting within explorer.

Collapse -

Cannot remove web shortcut from desktop.

by Choppit In reply to Cannot remove web shortcu ...

The exact error I get is;"Cannot delete file: The filename you specified is invalid or too long. Specify a different filename."

If I try to rename the file (even to a single character name) I get the message "Cannot rename file: The filename you specified is invalid or too long. Specify a different filename."

The shortcut was created from within IE6 - (right click > create shortcut.

Collapse -

Cannot remove web shortcut from desktop.

by saihib In reply to Cannot remove web shortcu ...

Make sure you know the exact path to the file. Then boot to a command prompt and use the del command to get rid of the file.

Collapse -

Cannot remove web shortcut from desktop.

by Choppit In reply to Cannot remove web shortcu ...

Thanks for your input. I know its possible to delete from the command prompt but I'm really interested to know if there's a workaround from windows.

Collapse -

Cannot remove web shortcut from desktop.

by Choppit In reply to Cannot remove web shortcu ...

This question was closed by the author

Back to Windows Forum
6 total posts (Page 1 of 1)  

Related Discussions

Related Forums