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« on: April 15, 2012, 12:41:36 PM »

Before I had Vista/Win 7, I wanted a quick way to get to the target file of a shortcut. Instead of having to right click on the shortcut, choose properties, then find target. I made an app called Find Target that adds a Find Target item to the right click context menu of a shortcut. This is for Windows XP, but may work on 95 and 98. Hope you find it just as useful as I did. The setup file is attached.

* FindTargetSetup.exe (628.08 KB - downloaded 74 times.)
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2012, 06:10:45 PM »

Awesome!  Works great on Vista too smiley  Thanks for posing.   Thmbsup
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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2012, 11:46:21 PM »

Found him!
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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2012, 11:52:41 PM »

So Did I!
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2012, 08:04:05 AM »

Works in win 7 x64 as well - very handy! Thmbsup  So the app opens Explorer, is there any generic way to have it open the location in an Explorer alternative like xplorer2, xyplorer, or what have you?
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2012, 08:20:41 AM »

@x16wda: There is no way to do that right now but I should be able to add that. I'll try to have an update sometime today.
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« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2012, 09:59:22 AM »

That would be cool - I'm not sure how the alternative file managers intercept calls that would normally go to Explorer but anything that can help them do that would be nice  smiley
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2012, 10:09:40 AM »

What I am going to do is allow you to select an alternate file manager to use. You'll be able to select your file manager and input any optional parameters. That way when you choose "Find Target" from the menu (if your file manager accepts parameters) it should open the folder containing the target of the shortcut. Here is a screen shot of the settings.

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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2012, 10:32:40 AM »

cool beans - i'll pull it down when i see it!  thanks!!
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2012, 11:11:15 AM »

Well, this functionality is built into XYplorer for years, also for junctions. As tooltip, and also in the context menu with options to copy the target name and to go to the target (within XYplorer). So no need for an extra tool for happy XY users. cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2012, 12:44:56 PM »

Ok. I added the option to choose your own file manager. Since I only use explorer I am unable to test it. Please give it a try and let me know. I have updated the attachment on my first post.
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2012, 01:36:20 PM »

Works great!
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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2012, 01:38:48 PM »

Great, thanks for letting me know.  Thmbsup
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« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2012, 05:09:12 PM »

  Since I installed Find Target, every time I boot up I get a "Find Target" box that pops up saying "Invalid Shortcut" with one option to click - "OK".

  What What?  How do I keep this from happening?

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« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2013, 09:58:49 AM »

Hmm, not sure why that is happening. I have never seen that before... Try uninstalling Find Target and re-installing again. Also look to see if Find Target is in your startup. It should not be as it does not run in the background or anything. Just when you click on the Find Target menu item.
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« Reply #15 on: January 01, 2013, 08:22:17 PM »

Hmm, not sure why that is happening. I have never seen that before... Try uninstalling Find Target and re-installing again. Also look to see if Find Target is in your startup. It should not be as it does not run in the background or anything. Just when you click on the Find Target menu item.
 It's not running in the background, checked the startups with two different programs.  I'll un/reinstall it and let you know tomorrow...

Update:  Well I totally uninstalled and then installed it again.  Same thing happens on every boot.

  On another note, when I uninstalled it I found that it left the folder and all the files intact on my C: drive.  What good is an uninstaller that don't uninstall?   thumb down
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