Tech Tip #38 My desktop icons changed

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Today’s tip: My desktop icons changed

Category: Problem-solving

Q:  The desktop icons I usually have are gone and some I’ve never seen before are there. What happened?

A:  I get this question a lot:  Push the start button (on your PC) and check the login. It should be your log-in name. Any other, log out and in as yourself.

The difference on a Chromebook shows up on the Shelf; an iPad, on the Home screen. Make sure you’re the active profile.

This happens often when each grade level has a separate log-in. Students being students often forget to log out. I teach even the youngers how to solve this problem. Truth be known, lots of teachers have this problem, also. They’re used to sitting down at a computer shared only with themselves. If the tech geeks do something on it–maybe fix a problem–and forget to log out, my teachers are lost.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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