Can Windows desktop shortcuts be accessed from Firefox?

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January 18, 2017 at 16:24:06
Specs: Windows XP Pro (SP3), Intel Celeron 1.30GHz
I have a couple dozen shortcut icons on my Windows desktop. Is there any way to access these from Firefox?

This is a odd question, but are Firefox and Mozilla Firefox the same?

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#1
January 18, 2017 at 17:19:02
Firefox is not integrated with Windows like IE and I know no way of accessing desktop icons from it. Keep watching just in case though. With a bit of effort this sort of thing can be done from Internet Explorer but that old browser is unsafe to use on XP.

EDIT: As per next response, just minimise Firefox to get to the desktop.
What you can do though is to press the Windows Key and R. This will minimise Firefox and take you to the desktop. After using your desktop icons, click the Firefox taskbar icon to get straight back to Firefox.

Mozilla produce Firefox, Thunderbird, and other programs - so yes they are the same.

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#2
January 18, 2017 at 18:10:50
I am confused by your question. First of all, what do you wish to accomplish? Second, you can always minimize FF and then access you icons or place your icons in the tray at the bottom of the screen and they will be visible while using FF.

When running multiple apps together one screen is active the others should be minimized in the tray.


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#3
January 19, 2017 at 20:45:50
Windows Key + D for desktop, R gets you the Run Box.

You can change your default browser to FF and from then on double clicking any internet shortcut will launch FF. Tools in the toolbar and then Options.

Right click and Send To works here but then I go out of my way to load up the Send To folder with goodies I want working with a right click. I have XP installed on drive F:, so I move shortcuts to apps I want to Send To to:
F:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\SendTo

I use the Quick Launch bar as well:
F:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch
First icon there is arranged by click and drag to always be Show Desktop to collapse all windows and get to the desktop in a jiffy.

Favorites on the Start button can also be used but you'll have to load them in there using IE first off and then FF can launch them only if FF is your default browser.

And FF has a bookmark toolbar across the top as well, you can put your favorite sites in there too. Bookmarks in the tool bar.

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January 20, 2017 at 01:38:20
Create folders on your desktop and organize the shortcuts according to their categories and put them in each folder that suits the category.

Problemo Solved! :)

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#5
January 20, 2017 at 04:31:22
Ooops, my silly slip, R instead of D for run box - I'm too used to going to the Run box. However, as OtheHill says you just minimise Firefox.

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#6
January 20, 2017 at 10:27:30
Or enable the "Show desktop" selection for the tray.

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#7
January 23, 2017 at 11:15:45
You could access them via the address bar. Just type in the path. For example: c:\documents and settings\me\desktop

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#8
January 23, 2017 at 16:35:50
beachyhbt

Nice one, I didn't realise you could also do that from Firefox.

Couple of provisos:

1. If they are programs I don't think they will show/run.

2. If they are shortcut icons you can use their targets but will have to remove any quotes at each end.

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