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Windows 7: Windows 7 changed name on "shortcut to..."

21 Jan 2010   #1
zitalena

Windows 7
 
 
Windows 7 changed name on "shortcut to..."

Panic!!

I don't know if this problem is just for the Swedish market or all markets...

I work for a company that sells air conditioning units. On our network we have a folder with several hundred of subfolders containing documentation for all the units. If a document can be used for more than one machine, the pdf-file is placed in a main folder, and I create shortcuts to that pdf in the appropriate folders.

When I had XP a file that was a shortcut was automatically named
Genväg till xxxxx.pdf

Now when I create a shortcut it is named:
xxxxxx.pdf - genväg

I have several thousand shortcuts named in XP. They are easy to see as they all are together (at G in alphabetical order). So now I have to manually re-name all the shortcuts I am creating!! PANIC! The Windows 7 version is not an option, too easy to miss it's a shortcut (people mailing shortcuts to customers are not popular....).

What were they thinking of??? Is there a way that I can tell Windows 7 to please continue to name my shortcuts as before? Or do I have to use my valuable time with renaming files when I make the shortcuts? Seems unnecessary!

Please if somebody could help me!

Lena


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21 Jan 2010   #2
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

Hello Zitalena,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Saw this Introduction - Bulk Rename Utility on the FREE Great Programs for Windows 7 page. Might be just what your looking for. Looks more complicated than it really is. There's a tutorial there and such.

Hope this helps.

Gary
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21 Jan 2010   #3
zitalena

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the tip. I downloaded and installed the program, looked scary. Read the pdf a bit and started to experiment. The thing is, it doesn't like shortcuts...

If I drag a file into the window, it's named XXXX.pdf - genväg.lnk
When I try to remove the last 13 characters, it leaves .lnk and crops .pdf instead.
When I try to remove - genväg.lnk it leaves .lnk and removes the rest.

If I instead try to open the file from the menu, only regular files are opened, not the shortcuts, they just don't show in the window.

I will look into it more later, but I am still wondering if there isn't a setting in Windows that fixes this. The shortcuts has been named the same way since I started using a computer with Windows 3 (at least I think so), and it seems very strange that they are changing it now!!

Lena


EDIT: Off course .lnk should still be there.... stupid me. OK. It works, but I will have to do it almost file by file as they are in so many folders. But still easier than doing it by hand. Thanks again!
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21 Jan 2010   #4
garysgold

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64
 
 

You only want to remove the last 9-10 characters. The .lnk doesn't count since that is the extension. If you can only drag and drop, then maybe a search in windows explorer for *.lnk files in the parent of all these folders will give to a place from which you can drag and drop groups of files at one time. Just a thought.

Gary
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