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Windows 7: How To Duplicate "Desklink" Function for Another Folder

17 Dec 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
How To Duplicate "Desklink" Function for Another Folder

There is a long-standing Windows functionality called "Send to > Desktop (create shortcut)" that I would like to duplicate but have it create a link in a specific folder. I.e. right-click on a folder/file and select "Send to > Quick Links". I don't want to send the file to that folder, just create a shortcut to the file in that folder. This way I can add a "Quick Links" toolbar to my Windows taskbar and have quick access to documents and folders I open frequently. Is there a way to do this? Or to accomplish the same result in another way? Thanks.

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17 Dec 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hi Apesbrain

Try this, open up windows explorer and type shell:sendto in the address bar.
You can then add as many links as you wish.

EDIT: I just re-read and realised that you only want to send the shortcut. Standby
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17 Dec 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Ok I have it.

Here's the steps.
1. create the send to link as described above
2. hold down your ALT key
3. Tab your CTRL Key once (don't let go of alt)
4. Right click on your item and select the send to option that you just created (you can now let go of alt).
This will only send the shortcut.

I know it sounds strange so I'll describe why this works.
If you hold down ALT while drag and drop, it will copy the file you dropped.
If you hold down CTRL while drag and drop, it will create a shortcut of the file you dropped.

However, you can't hold down ctrl and right click unless you press alt first (i.e. it's not the same menu as a normal right click on an icon). Also selecting the icon first, then ctrl+right click doesn't give you the same result when we send to.

I hope this makes sense... it's not easy to explain.
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18 Dec 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

@TimStitt, thanks for the suggestions. For now, I'm just using the existing "Send to > Desktop (Create shortcut)" option and have hidden all icons on my Desktop. By adding the "Desktop" toolbar to my taskbar I have easy access to frequently used files/folders and also to all system navigation. Not exactly what I wanted but at least it has the benefit of keeping my Desktop clear!
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18 Dec 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Apesbrain View Post
@TimStitt, thanks for the suggestions. For now, I'm just using the existing "Send to > Desktop (Create shortcut)" option and have hidden all icons on my Desktop. By adding the "Desktop" toolbar to my taskbar I have easy access to frequently used files/folders and also to all system navigation. Not exactly what I wanted but at least it has the benefit of keeping my Desktop clear!
You're welcome!
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06 Apr 2011   #6

 

Oh come-on. DeskLink does this without fancy finger moves (which I am about to test). I know this is treading on toes but some of us (seems more every day) would like to put getting work done ahead of Microsoft secret code. You guys are looking stodgier every day.

Does it work? (drum roll): Yes, and better than advertised. Okay, this is Microsoft's "secret code:"

  • The shift key down sends the file.
  • The control key down sends a copy.
  • The alt key down sends a shortcut.

I am happy now.
J-C
More proof that I am a Level 3 tech every day.
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