Right click does not work when trying to create shortcut on desktop

By tricsim ยท 7 replies
Jul 19, 2011
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  1. Making a blank shortcut in a folder or desktop fails to progress however creating a shortcut for a highlighted file works.
    I am running Vista home premium SP2 on Acer Laptop 5920
    Any clues welcomed

  2. ComputerGuy55

    ComputerGuy55 TS Maniac Posts: 380   +8

    So you are saying you can't right click on the desktop where there is no icon, but when you right click ONTO an icon (To make a shortcut, copy, rename, properties etc.) that works fine?

    Trying to understand the issue better..
  3. tricsim

    tricsim TS Rookie Topic Starter

    right click create shortcut added detail

    Hi ComputerGuy55
    You are just about right.
    Right click on create shortcut when over blank space does zilch - it used to work fine and bring up text window etc. now ... click ignored.
  4. ComputerGuy55

    ComputerGuy55 TS Maniac Posts: 380   +8


    You can download and try this program:


    Disable program Shell Extentions 1 by 1 and test if the right clicking feature returns to blank spaces..

    how ever, if you disable all of these Shell Extentions and none seem to fix it I will have to research his more..
  5. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    I'm not 100% sure of what I say here, since it's been a long time since I've run with Windows Vista, but isn't there some sort of "locking the desktop" feature? And if by chance that feature was accidentally chosen, wouldn't that now bar any sort of new icon or shortcut creation? If there is a "lock the desktop" option, maybe the path of least resistance here would be to see if that option is in play, un-select it and things should return to normal!

    Just a thought! :)
  6. tricsim

    tricsim TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Still trying to make "blank" shortcut

    Hi Computerguy55
    Thanks for the suggestion, I tried the program and went through a large number of the 366 extensions but only found one that seemed do anything

    The icon was IE and description was "Inernet browser" and after disabling when I tried new shortcut it displayed two message boxes
    One was titled " rundll.exe" that basically said cannot access ... path,file etc

    .When OK pressed second message was "Unable to create file "new shortcut.lnk
    file system error (16389)

    As I don't use IE I thought this may be related so I installed the lates IE9 and no change.

    It was odd that the extension was called "internet explorer" when it was nothing to do with net

    So still searching
  7. ComputerGuy55

    ComputerGuy55 TS Maniac Posts: 380   +8

    IE programs may run in the background to make the loading of certain items (maybe addons or just some features of IE) so that when you actually run the program it loads faster.. This is a hassle as it takes up memory and CPU usage, and can cause problems with other programs..

    I would suggets maybe doing a System Restore to before you were having this problem.. Did the problem start to occur after installing IE9??
  8. tricsim

    tricsim TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have decided to live with the loss

    The bottom line now is I don't have any restore files! Where they have gone I don't know.

    The problem started long before I tried to fix by installing IE9.

    The loss of restore point I hope was not due to some malware.
    Thanks for your suggestions and help.

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