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I share a PC with some other people in the office (we all work different hours). They've installed a bunch of programs they use (AIM, etc...) that place a shortcut in C:\Users\Public\Desktop.

If I delete the icon, it's also going to be gone from their desktops as well. Is there a way to hide these icons on my desktop, yet have them be visible on other people's desktops?

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There is no known way around it, but I know a little workaround: Select properties on the public folder, go to the security tab and revoke all permissions for your user profile, by dissalowing reading from it your account won't be able to see what shortcuts are inside \Public\Desktop\ - resulting in the behaviour you want - no icons/shortcuts will be loaded from it.

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If they persist across all accounts its because they are present on the "public", "default" or "all users" profile, therefore global. If you want them out of your profile, copy them to an account-specific location and out of global locations.

you can do these changes at C:\Users , where "C" stands for your windows root.

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he wants to disable public shortcuts for ONLY his profile while maintaining them on other profiles, your answer does not really provide a solution for that? Or don't I understand something? :/ – user144773 Jan 13 '13 at 23:32
if they dont have a LOT of account, this would do it, if you read better. but still, your answer is more "clean". – Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Jan 13 '13 at 23:33
in detail what i meant is: keep the shortcuts in their profile folders specifically and not in global folders that are shared by all accounts. maybe i placed my answer in a confusing way. – Lorenzo Von Matterhorn Jan 13 '13 at 23:35
yeah depends on the office size, in my school there are ~1200 user accounts so by dissalowing reading from a public folder would be a "cleaner" solution indeed. – user144773 Jan 13 '13 at 23:35
oh and bytheway, I can also say that ALOT of installers place shortcuts into the public folder without explicit user permission. – user144773 Jan 13 '13 at 23:36

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