How to make shortcuts open to full folder path and not libraries path?

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  1. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    How to make shortcuts open to full folder path and not libraries path?


    Hi, I have an issue where if I make shortcuts to specific folders located inside my User folder (Pictures, Videos, Documents, etc), I have an issue where the shortcuts (even on Quick Access) open up to a smart folder where the filepath is something like This PC/Desktop instead of C:/Users/User/Desktop.



    I would not prefer it to be like above ^



    I would prefer if all my shortcuts (including Quick access) would lead to a folder path like this.

    How can I completely eliminate this smart folder libraries thing and make every single folder inside the User show full file path?
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  2. lx07's Avatar
    Posts : 5,479
    2004
       #2

    Unfortunately you can't.

    It was mentioned in another thread recently (see Display full path for special folders - Windows 10 Forums)

    It is just how current version (both 1703 Creators Update and latest insider build) work.

    I find it annoying also - especially if you have moved folders from their default locations. Perhaps we should suggest a change to Microsoft via the feedback app but I've not done that yet as I uninstalled it by mistake ...
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  3. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 13,505
    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.746
       #3

    If you click in the address (bread crumb) it then converts to the actual address , i.e. C:\Users\Administrator\Desktop

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  4. lx07's Avatar
    Posts : 5,479
    2004
       #4

    Ztruker said:
    If you click in the address (bread crumb) it then converts to the actual address
    Unfortunately this doesn't work if you do it from quick access - only if you do it from "This PC"

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    A design decision I guess.
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  5. Ztruker's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.746
       #5

    Rats, did not realize that.
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  6. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Horrible design decision from Microsoft...
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  7. Stevekir's Avatar
    Posts : 340
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit (with Creators OS)
       #7

    What's all this about breadcrumbs? Where are they, what do they look like, what do they do, are they wholemeal or white bread. A picture please.
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  8. Posts : 13
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
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    Stevekir said:
    What's all this about breadcrumbs? Where are they, what do they look like, what do they do, are they wholemeal or white bread. A picture please.
    A breadcrumb is a directory with arrows like C: > Users > Administrator > Photos as opposed to a file path like C:\Users\Administrator\Photos. For example look above at some of the screenshots where in the address bar it looks like > This PC > Local Disk ( C: ) > Users. Breadcrumbs can also exist in flowcharts and app navigation steps or even forums.
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  9. Edwin's Avatar
    Posts : 17,060
    Windows 10
       #9

    The "Breadcrumb Trail" for this thread:

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  10. Ztruker's Avatar
    Posts : 13,505
    Windows 10 Pro X64 20H4 19042.746
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    Stevekir said:
    What's all this about breadcrumbs? Where are they, what do they look like, what do they do, are they wholemeal or white bread. A picture please.
    Look at my post #3. The first image shows the bread crumb (trail), the 2nd shows a normal address path. With the bread crumb, you can click on any part of it and go there, it is really handy.

    It shows
    Code:
    This PC > Lenovo_C(C:) > Users > Public > Public Desktop
    You can click on any part of it to go there. Try it, it's really useful.
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