A quick access method of getting to a program or document, typically an icon or picture representing the target

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How to reset shortcuts (.lnk file) in Windows 7?

Somehow I went to open a shortcut and Windows couldn't find the target but instead of pointing the shortcut to the .exe it pointed the .lnk file handler to the .exe, so now all my .lnk files are ...
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How to pin either a Shortcut or a Batch file to the new Windows 7, 8 and 10 Taskbar and start menu?

We are having trouble adding our batch scripts to the Windows 7, 8 or 10 taskbar or start menu. Our batchfiles take some arguments and just execute other application based on those arguments . To ...
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How to create a desktop shortcut to a Windows 8 Modern UI app?

I am using Windows 8 at the moment and I was wondering if there is a way to make a shortcut to a Modern UI (formerly known as Metro UI) application on my desktop.
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Portable Shortcuts on Windows

I can't figure out how to create shortcuts that don't care where they are mounted. For example, on my flash drive, I want to run CCleaner or Notepad++ in my college classroom. The problem is, a ...
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How to make a shortcut from CMD?

How can I create a shortcut file (.lnk) to another file or executable, using command line utilities?
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Pin same app multiple times in Windows 7

I use some programs with command line arguments and like to have shortcuts for launching those programs with those arguments. For example, I keep several Firefox profiles around and like to specify ...
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How can I change the default shortcut in Windows for closing programs?

I like the close program keyboard shortcut in Mac OS X which is ⌘ + Q. Nice and convenient for hand placement. In Windows however, the equivalent shortcut is Alt + F4, a little awkward. Is there a ...
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How do I add a new program to the Start Menu?

I just added the latest version of the Eclipse IDE to my computer. Eclipse is distributed as a ZIP file, so I unzipped it into a directory in C:\Program Files like I've done for past versions of ...
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Is there a list of Windows special directories/shortcuts (like %TEMP%)?

I'm looking for a reference list of shortcuts like %TEMP%. When I'm using Windows+R or Windows Explorer and type %temp%, the Windows Explorer takes me to the Temp directory. Are there more of these ...
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How to run a batch file without launching a “command window”?

On Windows XP, can I run a batch (.bat or .cmd) file, via a shortcut, without a "black window"?
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Shortcut in Windows 7 to switch between same application's windows, like Cmd + ` in OS X

Is there a shortcut in Windows 7 to switch between windows in a given application only? I very much like this feature in OS X; what is its equivalent in Windows?
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How to add command line options to shortcut?

How can I add command line options to an executable in a shortcut in Windows XP? For example in the shortcut properties in target I have: "c:\path\to\exe\pogram.exe" I want to add some options: "...
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How to create a shortcut using a batch script? [duplicate]

How can I create a shortcut to the file D:\myfile.extension on the Desktop using a batch script?
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Can you block installers from making desktop shortcuts?

I've been keeping my desktop totally free from shortcuts. I'd rather not have to take action to do so.
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What is the difference between Symbolic Link and Shortcut?

What is the difference between a Symbolic Link and a Shortcut?
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slow windows desktop keyboard shortcuts

I've got a couple of shortcuts on my desktop and on some of them I've configured the "Shortcut key" to a keyboard combination. For example I have a shortcut pointing to d:\documents\todo.txt and I've ...
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How can I see a visual overlay of shortcut keys I've pressed?

I've seen several screencasts (recorded on Mac OS X) which show a nice little "toast" indicating which shortcut key is being pressed by the screencaster, typically in the middle of the screen. Is this ...
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Remapping spacebar in Finder from windowed Quick Look to fullscreen (“slideshow”)

In the Mac OS X Finder, Can I replace the standard option of a windowed preview (Quick Look) with a fullscreen view (Slideshow)? Command + Option + Y = Fullscreen Space = Windowed Is there a way of ...
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Run as a different user on a shortcut

How do I run as a different user on a shortcut in Windows 7? On Windows XP, I had the ability to mark a shortcut as being run by a different user, so that every time I ran it it would prompt me for ...
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Shortcut to kill an application

Labview (a programming language) has this nasty habit of hanging after an error while executing and our programmer always goes to task manager to manually kill it. Now I think as a Super User he ...
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Using relative paths for Windows shortcuts

I have a folder scheme like (highly simplified version): New Files >Tools >Scripts Tested Files >Tools >Scripts ... and I'd like to have a shortcut in each folder from the "New ...
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How can I make my screen blank by a shortcut?

I'd like a shortcut that makes the screen go to a black screen immediately, without turning any power off, or even putting it to sleep. What ways can I do that? How more efficient the solution is ...
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How can I get to the recycle bin without the desktop icon in windows 7?

I hate having anything on my desktop. I usually remove all the icons from the desktop, even the recycle bin. Occasionally I need to access the recycle bin, but having to re-enable the icon just to ...
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How to create cross-platform Internet shortcut files

Is there any way to create Internet shortcut files that will work with all operating systems (including Mac, Windows, and Linux)? I often switch between Windows and Linux, and I haven't yet found a ...
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Do user-specified shortcut keys for Windows only work on certain directories?

I am trying to mute my computer's speakers by pressing a shortcut key. My keyboard doesn't have a button for 'Mute' or any other extra multimedia buttons. With my keyboard, I mute my computer by ...
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How can I restore a remote desktop session to the local console?

After I am finished with a remote desktop connection, I'd like to be able to restore the remote desktop to the local console so that the user doesn't have to re-enter the password and log back in. ...
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How do I find the Target of an Advertised shortcut? [duplicate]

EDIT: Originally I used the title "How do I find the Target of a MS-Office shortcut?" but have since changed it as the problem is not specific to MS-Office shortcuts. I have MSOffice 2010 OneNote ...
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Search engine short-cut missing in Firefox 34

In the past version of Firefox you could define short-cuts for search engines. (by clicking on the black small arrow/triangle) and then "Manage Search Engines" - then you could define short-cuts) ...
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Windows 7 resize shortcuts to Mac OS X

In Windows 7, it's possible to do various resize operations by dragging windows: drag window to top of screen, and it'll be enlarged to fill whole screen. Drag it to left edge and it'll cover left ...
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How to disable magic searching after I move targets of shortcuts in Windows Server 2003?

When I move or delete the target of a shortcut and click the shortcut afterwards windows kindly starts searching and guessing. How to disable this on Windows Server 2003? I'd prefer a quick error ...
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Adding custom shortcuts to Modern UI

Is it possible to add a shortcut (for example launching a program with custom parameters or to run a command line command) to the Modern UI start page?
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Shortcut to view wireless networks in Windows 7

Does anyone know how to create a shortcut which opens the wireless networks dialog box in Windows 7? I'm looking for a shortcut that takes me directly to the window which shows you the available ...
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Change shortcut targets in bulk?

I have hundreds of shortcuts to websites where the target looks like this: C:\Users\Herb\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe www.somesite.com/foo I just upgraded to Windows 8, and ...
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Prevent applications from adding to start screen on install

On a Windows 8 machine, after installing Visual Studio, Office, SQL Server, VLC etc... the start screen is a mass clutter of unneeded shortcuts such as readme, shortcuts to homepages, various tools ...
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Why setting hotkey for a Windows 7 shortcut doesn't work?

I try to set up one so as to open my application quickly but it doesn't work. What I did wrong? Please help!
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different types of shortcuts

Let's say I have two shortcuts for Microsoft Word; the first shortcut was created during the Office installation, the second shortcut I have created myself via right click on winword.exe > Send to > ...
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All program links (icons, menu items) try to use Adobe Reader to run them

My mother was opening Internet Mail to check her mail on her new Windows 7 PC and a pop-up window asked her if she wanted to use Adobe Reader as the default program instead. She must have clicked yes....
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How to automatically add a shortcut for removable media on Windows desktop, like some Linux distros? [duplicate]

I use sometimes some Linux distros, e.g. Ubuntu, and I like the feature they have to add a desktop shortcut to every removable device that is plugged in on desktop - for example, when a DVD is ...
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How to create an ssh connection Terminal shortcut on Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard)?

It sucks to open Terminal each time and write a complete SSH command. How can I create an SSH connection Terminal shortcut on Mac OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard)? I also have a custom port to connect to.
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How to make shortcut to ftp site open in windows explorer not IE

Running windows7 i have a shortcut to an FTP site. When you make this shortcut and point it to a location like ftp://127.0.0.1/ it automatically defaults to opening in Internet Explorer. This is not ...
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Creating an app shortcut in Windows 7 XP Mode

I have a VERY old legacy app that I've managed to move from machine to machine; the installer for it doesn't actually work under newer versions of Windows, but I was able to track down the registry ...
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How can I create a shortcut to “Foo” without “ - Shortcut” suffix?

Whenever I create a shortcut to a file or folder in Vista, I'd like it to not automatically append " - Shortcut" to the name of the shortcut. For example: Create a shortcut to the "Foo" application....
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How do I “persuade” programs open an actual .lnk file in Windows 7?

A .lnk file in Windows is an actual file intended to be a shortcut to another file. However, I really do want to view the contents on the .lnk file itself. I'm finding it literally impossible to do ...
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How do you duplicate current open Finder view?

I often have a window where i want to drag and drop to a parent folder, and i need another finder window, so i open a new one and need to browse back to where the other window is ...
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How to find all shortcuts to a file/application?

On Windows is there a way to find all shortcuts for a given file/application? This is something I hope to eventually execute programmatically.
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How can I pin a program to the Windows 7 Taskbar, with parameters?

In my case, I have to login and manage user accounts on a specific PC on our network quite frequently. I just learned that I can use the Windows Computer Management Snap-in to connect to another PC ...
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What makes Internet Shortcut files special?

When I save a shortcut from Firefox to disk, this is its contents when viewed in a text or hex editor. [InternetShortcut] URL=http://superuser.com/ IDList= HotKey=0 IconFile=C:\Users\Jerry\AppData\...
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Windows 10: Cortana Search is not finding portable applications

This question deals with finding applications in general but not portable ones: Cortana Search is not finding applications on Windows 10 I have a portable application located but not installed at C:\...
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Create a Link to Resource Monitor

I'm running windows 7 and I want to create a link to the resource monitor that I can place anywhere. But all I've been able to do was pin it to the taskbar and not the start menu. Is there a command ...
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Windows 7 always asks if I want to open toolbar shortcuts (.lnk files)

I recently upgraded my work laptop, which not has Windows 7 on it. I was unable to pin some applications, so I went about creating toolbars that function like a "quick launch" area, more or less as ...