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In Windows, is it possible to know when you're "inside" a symlink?

For example -- let's say I have a symlink at C:\foo\ that links to D:\foo. When browsing the C:\ drive and then double-clicking on "foo", it appears visually that I'm still within the C:\ drive (C:\foo), when I'm actually seeing data stored at D:\foo --

Without knowing/realizing that I had jumped through a symlink, is it possible to see or know when such has happened?

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If you install the fantastic Link Shell Extension, it will add the following overlay icons by default:

  • Overlay Icons for Hardlinks:


  • Overlay Icons for Junctions:


  • Overlay Icons for Symbolic Links:


The extension also allows you complete freedom to customise the icons if you like:


This will allow you to easily distinguish the above from normal files/folders.

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