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Windows 7: Desktop "New Shortcut" Not Working

16 Jan 2010   #1

Win 7 Pro
Desktop "New Shortcut" Not Working

When I right click on an empty area of the desktop, then click on New, then Shortcut I expect the new shortcut wizard to start but nothing at all happens. I have a few shortcuts I'd like to place on the desktop but without the function working, I'm out of luck. I am able to create a new folder, new text document, etc. on the desktop. It seem like the only "new" function not working is the "shortcut" wizard.

The Win 7 installation is fairly new. I installed it over XP Home using Laplink PCmover® Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant™.

I would appreciate any ideas or help to restore this function/wizard.

Thank you.

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16 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

A work around would be to right click on the object you want to place a shortcut to and select Send to then pick Desktop (create shortcut).
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16 Jan 2010   #3

Win 7 Pro

Good point, thank you! I'll use that method if need be. The loss of the wizard though still bugs me and I want to get it back. I'm reasonably comfortable working with files, settings, etc. (I'd like to not edit the registry, but would if I had to) so I welcome any fix advice.
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16 Jan 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Rick, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Using the "New - Shortcut" download in step 9 of the tutorial below may be able to restore this for you so that it will work again.

New Context Menu - Remove & Restore Default Menu Items

Hope this helps,
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17 Jan 2010   #5

Win 7 Pro



When I first clicked on "Restore", it still did not work, so I then "Removed" the shortcut, tested to ensure the entry was removed from the list (it was gone), then used the "Restore" again. It works!

Thank you very much.
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17 Jan 2010   #6

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

You're most welcome Rick. I'm happy to hear that you got it working again. :)
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22 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
Thank you!

I had the same issue and the "Restore" option worked for me. Thank you very much for the information!
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02 Oct 2011   #8

Windows 7 ult. sp1. 64bit
This FIX for shortcuts is GOLDEN

Just wanted to say THANKS for the explanations and the registry fixes.

Apparently it's been 246 days since anyones been here posting, but that's ok.

Just so I can say T H A N K S ! ! ! !

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09 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit SP1
What a relief! Finally a fix....

I have been having this EXACT problem for the last few months. I do not know exactly when it started or what I did to cause it (downloading programs, adding fixes,etc). I did have a few workarounds but I wanted to get the context menu to work again.
After trying many solutions and using various forums, this one FINALLY did the trick! I have verified everything works now. I rebooted my computer several times now and I still have all my shortcuts and I am able to create new ones as well without any problem.
Thanks so much!!!
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