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Windows 7: How to change the Target type within a desktop shortcut

29 May 2015   #1
JennI1808

windows 7 64bit
 
 
How to change the Target type within a desktop shortcut

Hello

I had created a shortcut for an application that I had just loaded on to my computer. I By accident I had picked the wrong application to "Opens with" and when I clicked ok the Target type also got set to the wrong file. I deleted it and tried to recreate it with the correct "Opens with" application but now the Target type is not correct so it does not work the way I would like it to. I was trying to follow this article
Creating, modifying, and deleting shortcuts the easy way - Subtle Coolness
that shows me how to change a shortcuts Target type using the Group Policy Management Editor only my version of the Editor does not match what is shown in the article. I can not find the "Shortcuts" in my listing.

Is it possible to change the "Target Type" of a shortcut?

Any help is greatly appreciate!!!

Thanks!!


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29 May 2015   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Jenn, and welcome to Seven Forums.

It sounds like you changed the default program to be associated to open the file with.

You should be able to use "Open with" again to select the correct program to always open with.

Open With - Change Default Program

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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29 May 2015   #3
JennI1808

windows 7 64bit
 
 

Hello Shawn,

Thanks for get your reply. I was able to change the "Opens with" to be the correct application but it has not changed the Target type. Is there a way to do that? I was hoping that the Group Policy Management Editor would be the way to go but I can not find the "Shortcuts" like it shows in this article
Creating, modifying, and deleting shortcuts the easy way - Subtle Coolness

Any thoughts??
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29 May 2015   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Jenn,

Could you post a screenshot of the shortcut's properties page with the "General" tab showing to see what the issue may be?

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

The "Target type" will only show what type of file the shortcut's "Target" file is.
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29 May 2015   #5
JennI1808

windows 7 64bit
 
 

Ok here is a doc with what the shortcut looks like on my new computer and the what they should look got that from my old computer. what I am looking to change is on the Shortcut tab in the shortcut properties.

Thanks so much for helping!!!


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File Type: doc shortcutpics.doc (128.0 KB, 13 views)
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29 May 2015   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Are you able to create a new shortcut from the file on the new computer to have it the way you wanted instead of trying to modify a copied over shortcut?
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29 May 2015   #7
JennI1808

windows 7 64bit
 
 

Yes I am able to create a new shortcut but it comes out with the wrong Target Type. The pics I uploaded show you what I get when I try to create a new shortcut on the new computer from with in the app I am trying to use. The Xmanager3 has a "shortcut" button, I have uploaded a pic of that. and when I click that it gives me the result in the first set of pics in the shortcut file.

The problem now is the Target type which is what I am trying to change. Just don't know how to do that.

Thanks again for sticking with me on this I really appreciate it!!!
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29 May 2015   #8
JennI1808

windows 7 64bit
 
 

ops!!! forgot to include the pic


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File Type: doc xmanager3.doc (38.0 KB, 5 views)
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29 May 2015   #9
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Do those get written to the registry?

Would a System Restore fix this issue?
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29 May 2015   #10
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I'm not sure how that's going to change yet, but does the shortcut work properly other than that?
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