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  • Question

  • Does anyone have an issue with one or more folder links showing up on your desktop (like they're new folders available to sync) when you've repeatedly set them NOT to sync with the PC?  Clicking on the link and telling the folder not to sync with this PC causes the links to go away, but they always show back up a day or so later.  Is this a known issue that I missed?

    Thanks!

    Saturday, December 13, 2008 5:18 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Currently this is the expected behavior for Live Mesh folders.  If you would prefer different behavior, though, please do add your request to our Suggestions sticky!

    Thanks,

    Ben.
    Monday, December 15, 2008 8:20 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    Currently this is the expected behavior for Live Mesh folders.  If you would prefer different behavior, though, please do add your request to our Suggestions sticky!

    Thanks,

    Ben.
    Monday, December 15, 2008 8:20 PM
  • Ok thanks, I didn't expect that.  I don't understand why you would want links continually reappearing on your desktop.  If you tell Live Mesh you don't want to sync a folder with a particular PC, why would you want to be continually prompted to sync it?  Am I the only one that likes a clean desktop?  ;-)
    Tuesday, December 16, 2008 4:16 PM
  • Fear not! There are a couple of us out there (desktop neatness...)

    This has actually popped up before as a suggestion, and I for one hope that it disappears sooner, rather than later.
    Tuesday, December 16, 2008 5:03 PM
  • Though this is not an "official response" ;)  - for my two cents: I prefer a clean desktop as well.  Many of our customers have expressed a desire to be able to control where the Live Mesh folders appear (e.g., someplace other than the desktop).  I don't think I'd mind the shortcuts to folders I'm not syncing (they serve as a good reminder of what folders I have, even if not synced to this particular device) if they were tucked away in, say, my Users directory.

    How about you?

    Ben.
    Tuesday, December 16, 2008 5:22 PM
  • Yes, absolutely it would be fine to tuck those shortcuts away somewhere.  Here's just one example where having them on the desktop is a problem:

    I have some folders P2P synced between a couple different home PCs.  My wife has a laptop that only she uses.  She has live mesh installed and uses it for some folders of her own (and ones that sync between all PCs in our mesh).  However, I don't want a few folders to sync with her laptop.  Most of the time her laptop is at another location and these large files would have to sync over the internet.  She has no need for the contents of the folders, and I don't want to waste HDD space on her laptop in any case.  I would rather her not have to deal with the extra desktop clutter for links to folders she has no interest in.

    Maybe someone else has a workaround?


    Tuesday, December 16, 2008 9:04 PM
  • I don't think that there is a work around - unless you want to run a script that will delete the links every 30 minutes or so.
    Wednesday, December 17, 2008 8:15 AM
  • Ben [Live Mesh] said:

    Though this is not an "official response" ;)  - for my two cents: I prefer a clean desktop as well.  Many of our customers have expressed a desire to be able to control where the Live Mesh folders appear (e.g., someplace other than the desktop).  I don't think I'd mind the shortcuts to folders I'm not syncing (they serve as a good reminder of what folders I have, even if not synced to this particular device) if they were tucked away in, say, my Users directory.

    How about you?

    Ben.

    While being able to configure a different location may be nice, I don't think it would help that much:
    • For new users placing them on the desktop makes them more obvious to find (and it's an analogy to the Live Desktop), so the Desktop should be the default location
    • As an advanced user I don't need those shortcuts at all. I can easily find all the Mesh folders that are available (synced or not) from the Mesh notification icon.

    In any case: after if I selected that I don't want to sync this folder the shortcut was removed by Mesh. In this case it should not be coming back automagically - that's confusing (it makes me think there's a new folder in the Mesh) and annoying! And it's not in line with the behaviour of deleting the shortcut manually.

    Just my 2 cents :)


    Stefan Krueger, Microsoft MVP - Windows Installer, www.InstallSite.org
    Wednesday, December 17, 2008 10:02 AM
  • Workaround:
    If I delete the shortcut - not double click and select "don't sync" which is the current setting anyway, but right click and select delete (or single-left-click and then press the DEL button on my keyboard) - moves the shortcut to the recycle bin and it doesn't return automagically.
    Stefan Krueger, Microsoft MVP - Windows Installer, www.InstallSite.org
    Wednesday, December 17, 2008 10:06 AM
  • Nice, I'll have to try that.  Do you know if the icons come back if the recycle bin is emptied (deleted permanently)?  Btw, I agree with the previous post that it's fine for the icons to show up initially on the desktop - just make them stay away when I set the folder not to sync.
    Thursday, December 18, 2008 3:51 AM
  • On my machine they have never come back - but I've never actually put them in the recycle bin, rather deleted them directly. Could actually just be a bug on my side ;)
    Thursday, December 18, 2008 7:17 AM
  • They're back... deleted them last night, but not permanently - they were in the recycle bin when I shut my laptop off.  This afternoon when I fired it back up they were on the desktop again.

    Thursday, December 18, 2008 9:59 PM
  • On my machine they didn't come back. So the behaviours appears to be different on different machines, not good.
    Which build of the Mesh client are you using? Mine is 0.9.3424.5 and I tested this on Vista.
    Stefan Krueger, Microsoft MVP - Windows Installer, www.InstallSite.org
    Friday, December 19, 2008 11:24 AM
  • I'm also using 0.9.3424.5 with Vista.  I deleted the links again yesterday.  So far today they haven't reappeared.  Let's hope they're gone for good!
    Friday, December 19, 2008 7:26 PM