On Win XP Pro, all of the Desktop Icons suddenly disappeared. Now I when I drag an Shortcut to the Desktop, it won't stick.

right-click on your desktop > arrange icons > show desktop icons

if this isn't what you're referring to, right-click on the taskbar > properties > start menu > classic start menu > apply

On Win XP Pro, all of the Desktop Icons suddenly disappeared. Now I when I drag an Shortcut to the Desktop, it won't stick.

You haven't accidently hidden desktop Icons have you?

Right click on the desktop & select "Arrange Icons By" & make sure "Show Desktop Icons" is checked.

Just a thought :D

Actually, I didn't do it, but a friend did and could not explain to me what she had done to cause them to disappear. Thnks for the help it should solve the problem and make me look smart.

yw, pleased it helped

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