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Untitled[edit]

this key does not exist in my version of winxp:
you do not say which versions of windows this is for.
59.100.160.238 11:29, 10 June 2007 (UTC)fastdude

Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Explorer \ Shell Icons

I know up to 7.x, I haven't used a Macintosh since. Nastajus 17:34, 10 Jun 2005 (UTC)

.pif[edit]

I somewhat remember that shortcuts to MSDOS programs are (or were) .pif files rather than .lnk. They also containes various DOS compatibility settings. --Apoc2400 06:23, 12 March 2007 (UTC)

Tutorial[edit]

Is a tutorial for Windows shortcuts really needed? Would you find a tutorial in an encyclopedia? I don't think so... Takua108 02:22, 29 March 2007 (UTC)

I concur - this is somewhat out of place in an encyclopedia. Supermagle 10:55, 13 September 2007 (UTC)

Shortcut Vulnerability[edit]

Is the section on the shortcut vulnerability really needed? It seems like useless fluff to me; after all, I'm not sure Wikipedia is supposed to be a walking archive of exploits ;) nneonneo 05:11, 14 June 2007 (UTC)


symlinks[edit]

Whatare the differences between unix soft/hard links and shortcuts?

Fair use rationale for Image:Vista shortcut vs not.jpg[edit]

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Fair use rationale for Image:Vista shortcut vs not.jpg[edit]

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Ed's suggestions[edit]

Report which shortcuts are automatically updated when their target moves. I seem to recall that in early versions of Windows, the shortcut was static. If you moved the file, the shortcut stopped working (and with no notice to the user). But I don't think the Mac ever had that problem.

  • When did Windows fix this problem? (Shortcuts follow moved files on my Win XP and Windows 7 machines.)
There is not an exact date. (1) For a long time (Win95?) Windows has automatically searched for the target of a broken shortcut. On Win 98, it did this by doing a search of the disk. (2) Since the introduction of OLE/COM, windows explorer has had the ability to update com/ole location information when it moved a registered OLE/COM file. (3) Since Windows 2000, Windows has had the ability to track links using a distributed link tracking database. (4) Since Office XP Microsoft has commonly used links to guiID's for their products, rather than links to filenames. A link to a guiID can be kept updated using the COM/OLE tracking function of Windows Explorer. (5) Since at least Win 98 shortcuts contain a relative path. The relative path is also searched and updated in the link resolution process: new links may act differently than previously used links.218.214.18.240 (talk) 03:15, 5 September 2010 (UTC)

Emphasize Macintosh and Windows, which have the lion's share of the GUI market.

Let people know that the Mac calls this an "alias".

Rename this article to File shortcut, since the target is not a computer. :-) --Uncle Ed (talk) 13:34, 21 July 2010 (UTC)

Virus[edit]

A virus just got my folder in my external hard drive shortcut, and i couldn't access my data's. please help — Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.55.107.253 (talk) 11:22, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

Merge suggestion[edit]

  • Support - It has been suggested that this article be merged into Alias (Mac OS). I support this because an alias is basically a shortcut to a file. --Kelpso1 (talk) 19:22, 14 April 2012 (UTC)
  • Against - It should be the other way around. Shortcut is more general, so Alias (Mac OS) should be a sub-topic on this page, if the two pages should be merged at all. 134.29.199.13 (talk) 00:51, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Shortcut vs Alias[edit]

Windows people will find the "shortcut" article. Mac users will find the 'alias" one. It is useful to have both terms even if you cross refer them or make one just refer to the other. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 121.223.187.206 (talk) 23:53, 8 February 2013 (UTC)