Shortcut to local file available over network

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Greetings!! I was dispatched to a service call today where the user claimed he was able to create a shortcut to a local file on his desktop. Move the file to a network drive, and the shortcut would be functional on other remote machines. I asked him to demonstrate and sure enough he could create a Microsoft Excel file on the desktop, right-drag over to the network share and choose "Create Shortcut Here" when we went to a different room the shortcut referenced the local file on the desktop. When I looked at the file properties the path was something like //wks1/c$/DocumentAndSettings/Users/UserA/MyFile.xls. Would anyone be able to tell me HOW this was setup?

Software/Hardware used:
Windows XP Professional
ASKED: October 26, 2012  5:37 PM

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That looks simple enough. The shortcut reflects the path, as it should. In this case, wks1 would be the computer name, c$ is the shared C drive, then the rest is the path to that specific file. It is just like a desktop shortcut to a shared folder on a server – only in this case the workstation is hosting the share…..which happens to be under a specific user profile. This could be done on any network that shares out it’s C drives, unless the security is locked down.

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  • TomLiotta
    I'm not sure what is being asked. That's how things work for me naturally. No "setup" needed.   I used WinXP Pro to create a shortcut on a network drive, then checked properties from this laptop and opened the file fine.   In my case, this is on a segment of my home network. There is no significant "setup" that was done for these devices. It's simple workgroup networking on this segment for these three devices -- the WinXP, the network drive and this laptop.   So, maybe it's not an issue of "setup", but rather of lack of restrictions. I haven't done any significant testing since it worked on the first simple test.   Tom
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