1. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    Today I decided that I was going to pin four applications to my desktop:
    Notepad
    Snipping Tool
    Sticky Notes
    Command Prompt

    Of course, now the only way to pin something to your desktop is to actually go to the file location and copy it to your desktop (as far as I know).
    However, Notepad is actually notepad (.exe) and Command Prompt is actually cmd (.exe), and Sticky Notes is actually StikyNot (.exe). I can live with notepad and cmd perfectly fine, that's not an issue. But can I change the name of Sticky Notes .exe to Sticky Notes? I understand this will change it's Run command from StikyNot to Sticky Notes but I'm OCD so the change on my desktop is frustrating. I won't do anything until I know the consequences though. Can I change the name of the .exe? The shortcuts have the correct names of course but I don't want shortcuts on my desktop as I don't know if I can Run as Administrator from a shortcut.
    Side note: Why in the world can you run Sticky Notes as Administrator? What benefits could that possible give me?
    08-04-2015 10:55 PM
  2. ven07's Avatar
    Of course, now the only way to pin something to your desktop is to actually go to the file location and copy it to your desktop (as far as I know)
    You can also open start menu, all apps, locate the app/program you want, click and drag to the desktop (release or hold for a few seconds until you actually see the icon. When I click n drag I don't see the icon immediately)
    08-04-2015 11:03 PM
  3. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    You can also open start menu, all apps, locate the app/program you want, click and drag to the desktop (release or hold for a few seconds until you actually see the icon. When I click n drag I don't see the icon immediately)
    That makes it easier to pin things to the desktop but doesn't really help with my problem hahaha.
    08-04-2015 11:04 PM
  4. ven07's Avatar
    That makes it easier to pin things to the desktop but doesn't really help with my problem hahaha.
    Yea I came for the first part :D
    08-04-2015 11:07 PM
  5. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    NEVERMIND people. I gave in to the shortcuts. You can still Run as Administrator with them so yeah.
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    08-04-2015 11:07 PM
  6. ven07's Avatar
    However I think changing your settings to stop showing file extensions might help? Furthermore, I think that, as long as you don't touch the .exe bit the program should work fine
    08-04-2015 11:10 PM
  7. bmetelsky's Avatar
    Shortcuts can still be renames, as far as I know.
    I did it with firefox.
    08-04-2015 11:10 PM
  8. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    I've figured it out.
    Yes shortcuts can be renamed, that was never an issue.
    .exe files cannot be renamed (or rather, shouldn't).
    You can Run as Administrator from shortcuts.
    Everything is good now.

    It's the little things that trip us up. The little thing this time was whether or not I can Run as Administrator from shortcuts. And I can so I'm good.
    ven07 likes this.
    08-04-2015 11:13 PM

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