# How do you make a Win10 Quick Access link to a symlink without it translating it to the original directory?

Scenario:

1. Create SymLink: C:\Data\workspaces --> C:\Users\****\Documents\workspaces
2. Navigate to C:\Data\Workspaces in explorer
3. Click and drag the the path from the address bar onto "Quick Access" in the navigation pane.

Expected Result:

• Clicking on the shortcut takes you to C:\Data\workspaces

Actual Result:

• Clicking on the shortcut takes you to C:\Users\****\Documents\workspaces

How do you make it so that the shortcut points to the correct path. (the SymLink)

Command Used to create the SymLink:

mklink /D C:\Data\workspaces C:\Users\****\Documents\workspaces


Updated with pictures:

When I double-click on the symlink it works correctly. (note the address bar.

When i pin it to the Quick access bar, however, it uses the address that the symlink points to and NOT the symlink address.

• Right click on document folder and change its location to your working folder. No need to create symlink. – Biswapriyo Jun 1 '17 at 15:26
• Biswa - I didn't create the symlink to put it on the quicklist. This issue is that bookmarking the symlink url on the quicklist gets translated automatically to the referenced directory, which I don't want. – ScrappyDev Jun 1 '17 at 23:05
• Symlinks are used so that programs assume the symlink as a actual folder but really they are pointed to elsewhere. So if you open that symlink in quick access explorer will open C:\Users\****\Documents\workspaces but really they are pointed to C:\Data\workspaces. – Biswapriyo Jul 1 '17 at 8:42
• I know what it is for. You are misunderstanding the issue. When you go to a symlink, it will act as if the alias path is a real path even though it is not a real directory. However if you pin the symlink, it doesn't behave this way, it will take you to the liked path instead of the actual path. (it behaves like a shortcut instead of a symlink.) – ScrappyDev Jul 5 '17 at 13:46

To prevent a symbolic link from being translated, you have to trick Windows by first pinning a regular folder to Quick Access, and then replacing it with a symbolic link.

mkdir symlink


then pin this to quick access using File explorer

rmdir symlink


Partly copied from my blog: https://coertvonk.com/hw/logic/quartus-cycloneiv-de0nano-15932

• This works beautifully. Note that you may need administrator privileges to run mklink. Open cmd by right clicking it and selecting "Run as Administrator". – sfscs Jan 24 '20 at 3:47
• You have to "rmdir symlink", not delete it in Explorer, or it won't work – jw_ Mar 9 '20 at 12:53

/D Creates a directory symbolic link.

/J Creates a Directory Junction.

mklink /J C:\Data\workspaces C:\Users\****\Documents\workspaces