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Duplicate Icons? Not really but I can't tell what the difference is. HELP

Two questions:
1.  What's the difference between these two My Pictures Icons?
2.  Right clicking them does not tell me the full path of where they lead.  the "target" field shown when I right-slick displays no data!   How can I determine where this leads?
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Joe Winograd

> these two My Pictures Icons

I assume you meant to attach/embed two images.
David Johnson, CD

The 1st one is your users account pictures the 2nd one is the pictures libray which can hold many folders
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I thought I uploaded the icon graphic but for some reason it didn't "take".    This was not the only post where I wasn't able to successfully upload the icons. Once again, my question is:  What is the difference between these two "MY Picture" icons?
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John

They are the same thing listed in different places pointing to the same folder. No difference.
Joe Winograd

Where do those shortcuts appear? In the Navigation Pane of Windows Explorer? On the Desktop? In the Start Menu?

In any case, they're almost surely a shortcut to the My Pictures folder, which is located here:

C:\Users\<username>\Pictures

The reason that the Target field doesn't contain the location may be because it's an Advertised Shortcut. If you do a web search for "advertised shortcut" you can learn all about it, and there are even scripts out there that claim to be able to determine the location, but I haven't tested any of them. Regards, Joe
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If you look at my graphic, the icons are not identical.  And they're not pointing to the same location.  I'm trying to sort out what the difference in the two icons are.  I'm trying to integrate my folders and hope to get rid of one of those shortcut icons.
John

Right click on the shortcut and select Properties. In the General Tab it should show you the location.  Do that for both and paste both shortcut locations here.
Joe Winograd

You said this in your original question:
Right clicking them does not tell me the full path of where they lead. the "target" field shown when I right-slick displays no data!
So that means you're looking at the General tab, where the Target field is, indeed, blank. But try clicking the Sharing tab. The "Network Path" should show you its location, which is probably this:

\\<computer name>\Users\<user name>\Documents\My Pictures

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Dear Joe and everyone else:
Here are screen captures of my properties.  This is bizarre..  No information on where they're pointing to?   There's gotta be a way
Help!
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Joe Winograd

Where do those shortcuts appear? In the Navigation Pane of Windows Explorer? On the Desktop? In the Start Menu?
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Hi Joe:  Here's where I'm getting that display:
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David Johnson, CD

is there any difference if you click on them both?
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Hi David:
Yes.  One of them is empty.  The other has contents.  I want to determine where they are pointing to.  It is positively bizarre that I can't see some sort of display or dialog box that shows this?   Simple request that can't be answered.  And this is windows 7.  I'm frightened about what "gotchas" I'll find Windows 10 has if I can't get this simple request answered in Windows 7.

Time to evaluate MAC or Linux or??????   Feel free to chime in people.
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if you click on the explorer bar you will see the location
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Joe Winograd

> One of them is empty. The other has contents.

When you go to those folders in Windows Explorer, what does the address bar show for the empty one? For the non-empty one?

Windows Explorer address bar
> Time to evaluate MAC or Linux or?????? Feel free to chime in people.

I don't use Mac or Linux, but they are surely not trouble-free. Wherever there's a large, complex, robust program (and an OS is certainly that), there will be bugs, glitches, and gotchas. Regards, Joe
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When I click on the icons, the address bar just shows "documents" (see graphic).
No matter which one I click, I just see "documents"
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if one is blank then simply delete that shortcut
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I want to know where they are pointing to.  That's my issue.
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I agree with Rindi, I have seen the same thing except with "My Documents".  One of the links points to the documents folder under a specific user-id folder and the other points to the one in Public folder.
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You could save a picture in the Public Picture's folder. Then open the 2nd icon you have. It will show there is that picture in there. You can rename the 2nd folder in your library to "Public Pictures" so it is easier to keep apart....
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