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Icon boxes PC crashed, my screwup, setting up PC again but cannot remove those 'boxes' from under desktop icons. I have done so years ago, can't remember how (much older).

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Re: icon boxes

1)Cut that boxes and paste in other location 2)Then rename it. 3)Reboot your pc 4)Delete the boxes.

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What boxes? the shortcut arrows?

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