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I am looking for a Windows XP Explorer shell-extension that will install a column-handler to display the targets of shortcuts and bookmarks (ie .LNK and .URL files).

(Windows 7 has a built-in column called Link Target that shows this—too bad they didn’t include a folder-size column, even in Windows 8. ಠ_ಠ)

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Apparently Microsoft finally got around to adding a URL column to Windows 7 that displays the destination of bookmarks (URL files), but not for local shortcuts (LNK files). Sigh. –  Synetech Dec 26 '10 at 7:33
    
Link Target column - superb! –  Umber Ferrule Sep 20 '13 at 10:42
    
Yup, the Link Target column does indeed show the destination of shortcuts. I recall adding every column back when I tested this, so I don’t know how I missed that. ಠ_ఠ –  Synetech Sep 20 '13 at 14:33

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Check out this Shell Toy - you can also play with the source code.

Shell Column Ex

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Even better! Nice find. –  Synetech Apr 4 '12 at 3:16

The other day while researching the Bags format, I found MiTeC’s Windows File Analyzer. It can let you explore various proprietary Windows filetypes including shortcuts. I’m selecting this as the answer because while xplorer² does have this functionality, it is only available in the paid version, not the free one. Windows File Analyzer on the other hand is completely freeware.

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