Steve Andrews

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Find Target Registry Code

It's always such a pain finding a Windows shortcut's target. You have to right-click on the shortcut, choose properties, and then click 'Find Target…'. After Explorer pops up, you still have to close the properties window (Esc key). Wouldn't it be great if there was an easier way, like in the context menu? A while back I found a program you could install to do just that, but I hate installing 'unknown' stuff. Well, I finally found a more transparent solution – a registry hack.

Simply create a .REG file, paste the following text, and run it. It's awesome, and I find I use it quite a bit. I use the Quick Launch folder in the Task tray, and if, for instance, I would like to navigate to Visual Studio's program folder for some template work, I can right-click on the VS icon in my Quick Launch and choose 'Find Target'. Sweet!

The usual 'editing the registry at your own risk' warning applies.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Find.Target]
@="&Find Target"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\shell\Find.Target\command]
@="\"explorer.exe\" /select,\"%1\""
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell]
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Find.Target]
@="&Find Target"
[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell\Find.Target\command]
@="\"explorer.exe\" /select,\"%1\""

Hope this helps

Comments (2) -

  • drasko

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Thank you. It works just as it should under XP pro sp2 ;)


  • Shoaib

    9/2/2013 4:53:56 PM |

    Thanks you very much my brother


    its great


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