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Chapter 25. Managing Users > Making Icons Available to All Users

Making Icons Available to All Users

If you find that you want to make the same desktop icons and Start menu applications available to all users on your computer, rather than for just your own account, you don't have to make copies for each user. Instead, you can take advantage of the All Users profile.

When Windows displays your desktop, it's actually displaying the merged contents of two folders: Your profile's Desktop folder, and the All Users desktop folder, stored in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop. If you have an icon or shortcut that you'd like to share with all of your computer's users, you can store it in the All Users folder rather than make a copy for each user. Of course, if any user deletes the icon… it's gone for everybody.


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