Im trying to create a symbolic link to a text file with directory:


where the shortcut is in the same folder (for simplicity)

using command:

mklink /d "C:\users\me\textfileshortcut.txt" "C:\users\me\textfile.txt"

but this just creates a folder with the name textfileshortcut.txt and not a shortcut to a file.

What am i doing wrong?

Note: I am using windows 7

1 Answer 1


You are using the directory /d flag. Remove this flag and you will make links to files rather than directories.

For example,

mklink "C:\users\me\textfileshortcut.txt" "C:\users\me\textfile.txt"

Source: (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753194.aspx)

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