Over Four Years have passed since we have installed the First Update that has brought Windows 10 into our world and still there are things out there that are not working properly.

First of all, we have decided to give up using Desktop Icons at all. We have a Very Nice Green and Empty Slate.

A Very Relaxing Desktop

This has been achieved by simply disabling the Display of the Desktop Icons. Also, there are no Desktop Icons stored even on the Hard-Disk.

A Very Clean Desktop Folder

Also, the Task-Bar is set to be Automatically Hidden.

The Pinned Tiles Section of the Start Screen have also been all removed, giving a Very Relaxing and Empty Effect.

No _Pinned Tiles_ in the _Start Screen_

In the All Apps Section of the Start Screen we are finding our Tiles:

A Fragment of the _All Apps_ Section of the _Start Screen_

Now, in the Web-Browsers_-_Google_Chrome Folder, we can see only Two Tiles: Google Chrome and Google Drive.

This is actually a Great Thing, because we do see something down there.

But when we are looking on the Hard-Disk, we are shocked to find also Three Other ShortCuts that are not visible in the Start Screen: Google Docs.lnk, Google Sheets.lnk, and Google Slides.lnk. This is not so cool.

Three Little Missing ShortCuts on the Hard-Disk

Now, someone would venture into asking: how to refresh the Start Screen? We do not want to restart its Process. Even after the Whole Restart of the Machine, still those Three Little ShortCuts are not read from the Hard-Disk.

Has anybody hit this Issue before?


@Gen Test was actually right.

Billions of Little Gizmos have appeared during the Latest Twenty-Seven Years since we have started fiddling around the Home Personal Computer.

"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Web-Browsers_-_Google_Chrome\Google Chrome.lnk" points to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Web-Browsers_-_Google_Chrome\Google Drive.lnk" points to D:\G\Root\OneDrive

"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Web-Browsers_-_Google_Chrome\Google Docs.lnk" points to "C:\Program Files\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe" --new_document

"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Web-Browsers_-_Google_Chrome\Google Sheets.lnk" points to "C:\Program Files\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe" --new_spreadsheet

"C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Web-Browsers_-_Google_Chrome\Google Slides.lnk" points to "C:\Program Files\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe" --new_presentation

Now, the Question still remains: how does the "Google Drive" manage to remove Three ShortCuts?

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    Are those shortcuts pointing to the same chrome.exe but use different arguments? Windows 10's start menu will filter out shortcut copies that point to the same target. – Gen Test Sep 1 at 8:42
  • Only one of the Five ShortCuts points to chrome.exe, @Gen Test. The only pointer that I can give to you and to anybody else who might be interested in solving this Little Issue is the fact that the Web-Browsers_-_Google_Chrome Folder has been manually created and all of the Five Little ShortCuts have manually been moved in it. – DOBRESCU_Mihai Sep 1 at 8:46

I think that I have finally nailed this issue.

The three aforementioned short-cuts referring all to the Google web-applications are all referencing the C:\Program Files\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe executable binary file.

Somehow, the forth aforementioned short-cut refers to the D:\G\Root\OneDrive folder path and yet it is looking for icons in the same %ProgramFiles%\Google\Drive\googledrivesync.exe executable binary file.

So, somehow, starting from @Gen Test's original comment, the reason for removing three short-cuts from the resulting Start screen folder must be related to their belonging to the same executable binary file.

This leads to the apparently stunning couple of tiles formed only by the Google Chrome tile and by the Google Drive tile.

Update: In the meantime, things have got even clearer.

The three short-cuts that I have mentioned above were also present in the Cloud_Providers_-_Backup_and_Sync_from_Google folder.

After I have removed them from there, they have mysteriously appeared back where I was expecting them to be, namely in the Web-Browsers_-_Google_Chrome folder.

So, indeed, the Start screen removes duplicates even between different folders.

Refreshed Start screen folder

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