Trouble creating a desktop shortcut Solved

  1. Posts : 532
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop

    Trouble creating a desktop shortcut

    The program WinsSCP comes with 2 executables: WinSCP.exe and I am trying to create desktop shortcuts for each. I had no trouble creating one for the .exe file but Windows won't create for the .com file.

    If I go to its folder, click and drag it to the desktop, and select "Create shortcuts here", nothing happens.

    If I go to its folder, right click on the .com file, and select "Create shortcut" it gives me the expected popup "Windows can't create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?". I click "Yes" and get another popup saying "Windows could not create the shortcut. Check to see if the disk is full". I have 149GB free so (unless that's an awfully big shortcut) space is not the problem.

    Does Windows not allow shortcuts for .com files? I've search but have seen nothing indicating that.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 37,988
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18865

    Hello pokeefe0001, :)

    See if you may be able to create a shortcut of the file by creating a new shortcut using the target location below. Substitute full path with the actual full path of the file's location.

    explorer "full path\"
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  3. Posts : 532
    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop
    Thread Starter

    If I put that command in a .bat file. I was then able to build a shortcut to the .bat file and it worked. Any idea why I couldn't build a shortcut to the .com file?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 37,988
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18865

    Great news.

    I'm not sure why, but it's been that way for a while in previous Windows as well to not be able to easily create a shortcut of a .com file.
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