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I have a shortcut to chrome on my desktop with a parameter:

Target: C:\Users\Eyal\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --allow-file-access-from-files

Every few days (I can't figure out the trigger), it gets re-written to this:

Target: C:\Users\Eyal\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe

The parameter disappears. My only guess is that maybe Windows doesn't like that the Target isn't a file and rewrites it. It happens about once every 2-3 days.

Is there a way to make a shortcut with a parameter that I won't have to keep fixing?

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Are you sure it is not just chrome updating itself? Try to create a second (identical) shortcut manually and use that one – scibuff Aug 31 '12 at 0:47
This was a shortcut that I made myself. I right-click-dragged chrome to my desktop, made a shortcut, and modified the target. – Eyal Aug 31 '12 at 9:15

Probably either chrome or some other software is messing with the shortcut.


  • Try naming the shortcut differently than the Default name.

  • Create shortcut manually i.e. by right clicking on the desktop and select New>Shortcut and follow on screen instructions.

  • Alternatively you can use Batch file to launch chrome in the mode you want. (This will not be affected by updates or anything like that)
    Create a text file, paste following command to it, save it with extension .bat.

    START C:\Users\Eyal\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe --allow-file-access-from-files

Double Click the file to launch chrome. (You can customize the icon to make it look like the chrome shortcut)

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