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I have a shortcut in my Pictures folder that points to a folder in my Dropbox containing my desktop backgrounds. I would like for my desktop backgrounds to cycle through images in this folder. But when I click "Browse" In the "Desktop Background" settings page, the shortcut does not show up. I could set it directly to the folder in my Dropbox, but that defeats the purpose of having the shortcut there in the first place.

How can I set my desktop background folder to a shortcut?

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You can create a directory junction using mklink –  Caleb Jares Nov 5 '12 at 23:31
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You can use mklink to make a directory junction:

mklink /J Pictures\backgrouds Dropbox\backgrounds

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Exactly, you beat me to it. A junction or a symbolic link (/D switch) will do. It happens because when you create a shortcut to a directory you're not creating a symbolic link but a file (.lnk extension), hence it wouldn't appear when browsing. (can't vote up right now, have to wait until the new day) –  Xandy Nov 5 '12 at 23:38
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Ah, coming from a linux background, I assumed that shortcuts were equivalent to soft links. So junctions are soft links, and shortcuts aren't built directly into the filesystem at all. –  Matthew Nov 6 '12 at 0:01
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