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:

Please note the workspaces symlink inside C:\Data:

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

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

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  • 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
mklink /d symlink "\\host\path\to\directory"

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

In mklink:

/D Creates a directory symbolic link.

/J Creates a Directory Junction.

Here is the detail about the switches of mklink.

In your case, just replace /D with /J, for example:

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

This problem not only happened on Quick Access. For example, after you added a program as windows service, even the program path pointed to the link of symbolic link, the Service Manager still showing the target of symbolic in the service list.

  • Welcome to Super User. Your answer would be made better by explaining what this switch does and why it stopped the OP's problem. – I say Reinstate Monica Mar 29 '19 at 9:49
  • You are right, thinks for your comment. – Peter Chao Mar 31 '19 at 4:25
  • As soon as I'm able to test and verify this on Windows 10, I'll mark this as the solution. – ScrappyDev Apr 2 '19 at 2:08

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