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Old 06-01-2017, 10:45 PM   #1
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Default Folder shortcuts, but better?

I can highlight a bunch of folders, copy them and past them as shortcuts somewhere else. But, if I move the files they loose their connection to the shortcuts. I might be mistaken but I think I read long ago that Windows supports something similar to shortcuts, but they update when files are moved. Have you ever heard of such a thing?

   
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I think that only works for the "special" system files like "My Documents" (eww! who in their right mind uses that?). I don't think I've ever seen/read anything about that sort of thing with user-based folders/files. In WinXP using TweakUI, you used to be able to play with that sort of thing but I think it was lost when they didn't update TweakUI.



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(sym)links or junctions, maybe? There are all sorts of articles about symlinks and at least one of them suggests that they can track files that move, unlike shortcuts, but I haven't found any that come right out and SAY so. This article's a pretty good start though: https://devtidbits.com/2009/09/07/wi...nd-hard-links/

   
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Thanks for that link...interesting stuff and I've bookmarked the site...


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When you figure it all out, c'mon back and 'splain it to us.

   
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Old 06-05-2017, 12:30 PM   #6
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A different but possibly related question about folders.

Desktop icons are saved in a folder called Desktop (!!!) but not as icons but as text descriptions.

This is also true if I drag and drop an desktop icon into a folder -- say all the Windows 10 related links into a folder on the actual desktop labeled Win10 Links but again they show there as links not icons.

Is there any way to have those icons stay on show when you open the folder on the desktop?

Without this happening in every folder on the computer eg those one sees in File Manager which I think may be what happens if you tell the system what to happen when you open a folder?

See what I mean? <g>

   
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hugh: Desktop icons are saved in a folder called Desktop (!!!) but not as icons but as text descriptions.
That is very strange because in Win7, the Desktop folder (in c:\users\myuserid\desktop) contains all the desktop shortcuts (as shortcut icons) that are on my desktop--see the attached screenshot.


In Win10 in Explorer do you have a "View" option and if so, what suboption(s) have you chosen? In Win7, I always choose the "Details" suboption. I wonder if what you are seeing is a function of the "View" suboption you've chosen?



Also...could you do a screen shot of what you are seeing in the "Desktop" folder?


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(sym)links or junctions, maybe?
You got it. I had read about symbolic links but had forgotten the term. Now I can research this more. Thanks for the article.

   
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Don't forget: quiz in the morning. ;-)

   
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Just dawned on me to see if Directory Opus can do any of this. It looks like it just might. There is a menu choice for creating advanced links. You can see the choices it offers to the right of the menu item (attached).
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