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    How to Change the Target Path Location of a Shortcut in Vista
    Shortcut Target Path Location

    How to Change the Target Path Location of a Shortcut in Vista

    information   Information
    This will show you how to change the Target path location of a shortcut file or folder. The Target is the full path of the original file or folder, usually an EXE file, the shortcut opens.
    Note   Note
    When the original file that the shortcut was created for is moved, this can cause the shortcut to lose it's association and no longer open the original file. The shortcut no longer has the correct full path to the original file. You can correct this by changing the target for the shortcut to the new location of the original file.
    Tip   Tip
    If this fails or you are unable to change the Target, then you can create a new shortcut by right clicking on the original file amd click Create Shortcut. You may need to allow it to place the shortcut on your desktop instead. If this happens, just Move it to where you like after it is created.




    Here's How:
    1. Right click on the shortcut and click on Properties.

    2. Click on the Shortcut tab. (See screenshot below)

    3. In the Target field, type the full path of the original file for this shortcut.

    4. Click on OK to apply.
    Shortcut Target Path Location-shortcut_properties-jpg
    That's it,
    Shawn


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  2.    28 Dec 2007 #1
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    Re: Shortcut Target Path Location


    Hello, is there a way to have a shortcut point to two separate folders?

    For instance, I have a "Videos" shortcut that windows vista created by default, that pointed to my "C" drive. Well, I ended up changing it to point to my "F" drive. My "F" drive, however, is now full. So I've had to place other videos on another drive (in this case "G"). Can I make my "Videos" shortcut point to both drives?

    Thanks for any help you can give.
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    Re: Shortcut Target Path Location


    Hi Oneils,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    Sorry, a folder shortcut can only have one folder location as it's source.

    You could create another folder shortcut for the G location folder, say Videos 2, and place the shortcut inside the original Videos folder. This way it will be easier to keep together for easy access.

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  4.    28 Dec 2007 #3
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    Re: Shortcut Target Path Location


    Thanks Shawn. Me a sad panda...

    Would have been more convenient. But I suspected as much. I like your idea though. I was just going to create two shortcuts for videos in my favourites links. But you're way means my links won't be so cluttered.

    Again thanks for the help - you're fast!
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    Re: Shortcut Target Path Location


    Your welcome Oneils,

    I always try to answer as soon as I can or able to.

    Have a great New Years,
    Shawn
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    Re: Shortcut Target Path Location


    Is there anything you can do if the field is greyed out?

    About half of my shortcuts (Desktop and Start Menu) do not work - you click on them and nothing happens. I've noticed that this happens with the shortcuts that have options grey-out. Any suggestions?

    Works:


    Doesn't work:
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    Re: Shortcut Target Path Location


    Hi Arking,

    Welcome to Vista Fourms.

    Is the one that is grayed out a original shortcut that the program made? For a test, see if you can create your own shortcut from the EXE file and modify it's Target path. However, the Target is what the shortcut will open.

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    They were both made by their respective programs. Is there anyway to change where the gray-out shortcuts point to?

    None of the grey-out shortcuts work, so I was wondering if there was a way to remedy this as a whole, or individually.
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    Re: Shortcut Target Path Location


    Arking,

    Sorry, not from the ones that are grayed out. You may be able to for ones that you manually create shortcuts for though. If you can, then just delete the grayed out ones.
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    Re: Shortcut Target Path Location


    How do I find the location of the ones that are grayed out?

    I have Vista Ultimate x64 on my laptop. I am the only user, I am the administrator. I just turned off UAC. I have an icon on my desktop which doesn't know about Program Files (x86) directory. That is, when I double-click it, I get this message:

    Error: Configuration file "C:\Program Files\SAS\SAS 9.1\nls\en\SASV9.CFG"" is unreadable.

    The problem is that the file SASV9.CFG is in the "Program Files (x86) directory. My icon is looking for the config file in the wrong place. The problem here is two-fold:

    1) I can't find the desktop shortcut's target.
    2) I can't change the desktop shortcut to search for the config file in the "x86" folder.

    Any help? Thanks,
    -SU
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