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Windows 7: create like desklink send to

20 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
create like desklink send to

when you click send to-> desktop (create shortcut) it will automatically create shortcut on the desktop and NOT copy the file to desktop. is there another way to make it create shortcut to for example D:\shortcut

the desktop create shortcut has extension .DeskLink

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20 Nov 2009   #2

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install

It may be possible, but usually not necessary. If I want a short cut in lets say, a folder in favorites. I make a short cut. Go to the file that I want to have the shortcut, make it full 1/2 the screen and just drag. Simple enough.
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10 Jan 2015   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
BETA! Solved?

It is possible, but it's not (that) easy.... skip to the end of my post here

let me know if it works / if anyone can see a downside to having a junction in a sendto? (performance etc)
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10 Jan 2015   #4

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
Drag + "Alt" key

If you hold the "Alt" key, when dragging a file with the mouse, it will create a shortcut in the destination folder, instead of copying or moving the file.
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10 Jan 2015   #5

win8pro 32 bit win 7Ulitmate 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by christantoan View Post
when you click send to-> desktop (create shortcut) it will automatically create shortcut on the desktop and NOT copy the file to desktop.
man I must be getting really dumb ,but this make no sense to me ,you say click ,send to desktop create short cut ,but then say it didn't copy the file to desktop just shortcut ,well the way I see it that's what its suppose to do ,if you want to move the file to desktop ,use copy/past or ,if you only want it on the desktop use cut and paste ,what am I missing
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12 Jan 2015   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Custom DeskLink function

the original OP enquired about adding a custom-sendto context-menu entry - like using "Desktop (create shortcut)".

If you just want to be able to use a sendto-entry with always-send-shortcut behaviour (like .DeskLink), I think you need to set the DropEffect, and add a junction.

For christantoan (and his D:\shortcut example) you would add (to D:\shortcut\desktop.ini) DefaultDropEffect=4 to the newly created [.ShellClassInfo] section, just above [LocalizedFileNames]

You would then create a Junction in your sendto folder, ie

C:\Users\christantoan>cd/d "C:\Users\christantoan\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo"
C:\Users\christantoan\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo>mklink /J "Shortcuts" "D:\Shortcut"

That's it.

You guys are all talking about drag and drop ops. This one's for the keyboard ninjas

You can't (just) use alt as a singled-modifier (unless you use the mouse/CTRL modifier).
If you just wanna send links, CTRL+SHIFT is the same as Alt (except pressing at the last moment of the move/copy/link operation will not abort the operation... plus (personally) it's easy to remember shift=move,ctrl=copy,ctrl+shift=createLink.

To each their own, I guess. Hope this helps anyone that 'just' wants custom DeskLinks
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12 Jan 2015   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

caperjack what ever you are missing, I'm also missing.
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