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How to pin either a Shortcut or a Batch file to the new Windows 7 Taskbar?

We are having trouble adding our batch scripts to the new Windows 7 taskar. Our batchfiles take some arguments and just execute other application based on those arguments . To keep it simple, we ...
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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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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 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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What's the logic behind the “W” in Control+W to close a Tab in IE?

I like to make connections so I can remember keyboard shortcuts. I get Ctrl+T to open a new tab - but what's the logic behind Ctrl+W to close one?
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Any shortcut for “cd ..”?

Is there any shortcut for cd ..?
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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 I add command line arguments (parameters) for pinned applications on Windows 7?

On Windows 7 i'm no longer able to change the command line arguments for "pinned" taskbar launcher. How can we workaround this problem in order to be able to start applications with parameters on ...
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Delete a line in Visual Studio without copying it?

There is the shortcut Shift Del to delete a line, but I want to delete without modifying what is in the clipboard. Is there some way to configure it or another shortcut?
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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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Is there a shortcut to mkdir foo and immediately cd into it?

This is something I do frequently $ mkdir foo $ cd foo This works as a single command, but it's more keystrokes and saves no time. $ mkdir foo && cd foo Is there a shortcut for this? ...
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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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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 to create an ssh connection Terminal shortcut on Mac OS X Snow Leopard?

It sucks to open Terminal each time and write a complete ssh command. I also have a custom port to connect 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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Where do Start Menu\All Programs shortcuts reside?

What is the Windows 7 equivalent of each these Windows XP locations? C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\ C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\ ...
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Is there a shortcut key to duplicate a tab in Google Chrome?

Is there a keyboard shortcut to duplicate a tab in Google Chrome? I've read through all the replies in the Google Chrome Forum thread, but there's no hope there. The only hope I get from that page ...
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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 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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Is there a shortcut to mute sound in Windows 7?

I keep accidentally muting my sound while playing a game, and I'm not sure how. Is there a shortcut I might be unknowingly executing? I'm certainly not using the windows key as I play.
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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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What's the shortcut to Device Manager?

What is the shortest route to Device Manager?
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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" ...
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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 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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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. What ways can I do that? How more efficient the solution is to set up, the better.
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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 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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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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Is Windows caching the URLs of internet shortcut files?

Let's say I have links for two searches on the web: "search 1" and "search 2" on Google. The URLs would then be: https://www.google.com/#q=search1 https://www.google.com/#q=search2 I create ...
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Executing symbolic link to exe - “The specified path does not exist”

When trying to execute a symbolic link which points to an exe file (on Windows 7), the "Open with" windows appears. When renaming it to a ".exe" file, it says "The specified path does not exist. Check ...
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What is the Google Chrome Pin/Unpin Tab Keyboard Shortcut?

I searched a keyboard shortcut for toggling tab pin in Chrome but couldn't find anything. Anyone knows one?
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How do I disable the Command-Control-D word definition keyboard shortcut in OS X Lion?

Mac OS X Lion introduced a new feature where in many applications you can press Command-Control-D to produce a popup with the definition for the word under the mouse cursor. A side effect of this is ...
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Windows 7 finding location of installed program

Usually on Windows XP, if I wanted to know the location of an installed program, I would just click 'Properties' and it would show where the executable is located. On Windows 7, I do the same thing ...
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Is there an equivalent of .lnk in Linux?

When creating a shortcut in windows it makes a .lnk file. I have researched and it seems these are openable in linux(with some tweaking). Does Linux have an equivalent? If so, whats the extension?
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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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Notepad Ctrl-Backspace behavior

Text fields in almost all software erase a word when ctrl+backspace is pressed. However, Notepad behaves differently, and inserts a character which is: `` (I copy-pasted it here. I'm not sure if it is ...
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Finding 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 to avoid writing full filenames

I was wondering whether there is a way in the linux shell to type the first unique part of a filename or dirname and then add "~" or "..." and avoid writing the entire filename. For example if I ...
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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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How to create a shortcut to PC Settings?

I need a shortcut (typical shortcut file, script, special exe, doesn't matter) for PC Settings in Windows 8. I see that PC Settings is an executable named SystemSettings.exe, found in ...
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Add shortcut to Windows' “Save As” dialog?

I'm running Windows XP SP3, and was wondering if Windows allows adding shortcuts in the "Save As" dialog, in addition to the standard folders (My Recent Documents, Desktop, etc.)? Since I happen 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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What different types of shortcut are there?

I've noticed that Windows seems to be capable of creating multiple different types of shortcuts. At the moment, I'm trying to understand a Folder shortcut that exists in my profile's Network Shortcuts ...
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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 ...
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Is there any shortcut to iterate through Excel's worksheet tabs?

Is there any keyboard shortcut to iterate through Excel's worksheet tabs more easily? Maybe something that would allow me to see all the tabs together and select one of them to switch to it.
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Creating shortcuts to websites that will use IE instead of default browser?

I currently am using Firefox as my default browser. There are a few web applications that I must access on a regular basis that will unfortunately not work in Firefox and must use IE. I am extremly ...
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A putty shortcut that automatically launches a profile?

How can I create a putty shortcut that automatically launches a profile, so I can dial into a specific computer with one click?
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How do I create a program shortcut for a command in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS?

I remember I could do that in an older version of Ubuntu, but I'm lost in Ubuntu 12.04. I want to add an item in the Launcher bar or on Desktop, that when double clicked runs the following command ...