Ok Mattyc_92, i tried what you said, but the cutting did nothing except make the icon see- through. However, your good answer gave me a clue to as what to do, and by copying the original icons and then deleating the originals did the job for the all the shortcuts. Great, thanks. However I am still left with program icons on my desktop that I do not want there, and if I try to delete them, the program will go. Any cluse on how to delete these icons please?