I just installed Miniconda locally so I can do straight python programming with no interference from the ArcGIS Pro installer etc.
I installed it here:
and then ran:
conda install -c anaconda spyder
and created a short cut in the usual fashion:
Target: C:\Clones\Miniconda3\pythonw.exe "C:\Clones\Miniconda3\Scripts\spyder-script.py"
Start in: C:\Clones\Miniconda3
But the short cut fails to open spyder. Nothing happens at all. I can run the new version of spyder by going to start and entering spyder there; works fine. Not sure why my shortcut fails...