When I rename the shortcut filename, the new file name is not reflected in the target or reference file name or vice versa. Shorcut is on desktop and target file is on e drive. Why?

For eg. Old shortcut filename is Asd.doc Target file name is Asd.doc.

New shortcut filename is ASD.doc Target filename is Asd.doc.

Same case is for folder renaming.

I need the new filename or folder name to be reflected in the target file or folder name respectively.

Please kindly help.

  • Windows has always been that way.
    – Moab
    Jul 16, 2020 at 12:35
  • You can rename the target file and the Windows shortcut will find it and auto update. See docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/win32/fileio/… for rules.
    – Mark
    Jul 17, 2020 at 0:56
  • That's too complicated...
    – Thang Tons
    Jul 17, 2020 at 4:25
  • What is complicated? Its automatic.
    – Mark
    Jul 17, 2020 at 21:24

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The behavior described is "by design". The shortcut itself is a file with a distinctive name. It isn't dynamic based on the underlying filename.

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