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    Office 97 Shortcut bar limitation (Office 97 SR-2/Windows 2000)

    We have a user that is trying to place a dial-up connection shortcut in the Office 97 Shorcut bar on a Windows 2000 system. It is possible to create a shortcut for the entire networking and dial-up connections folder in the Office 97 Shortcut bar but not one for a specific dial-up location. When you place the shortcut in the Office 97 Shortcut bar a question mark icon appears and does not open up the dial-up window when you click on it. Is there a workaround for this or is this just a limitation of Office 97. I tried this with an Office XP Shortcut bar and was the shortcut worked properly. Thanks.

    Ryan

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    Re: Office 97 Shortcut bar limitation (Office 97 SR-2/Windows 2000)

    Running 2k/2k, I get exactly the symptoms you describe and have not figured out how to do this. However, what I can do is place the "Show Desktop" shortcut on the office bar, so I can just click that and then click the desktop shortcut to the dialup connection. That's slightly quicker than right-clicking the taskbar and selecting minimise all and might be the best you can offer your user. I don't know whether this is a limitation of the windows version or the office version - or indeed the user version!

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    Re: Office 97 Shortcut bar limitation (Office 97 SR-2/Windows 2000)

    I have tried to add things like this to the Shortcut Bar (Office 97, WinNT 4.0), and have never been successful. However, there is a workaround that I like. <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23>

    Without taking your hand off the mouse, use your other hand to key Windows-m. That's holding down the special Windows Start Menu key, which on my keyboard is between Ctrl and Alt), with one finger then tapping the "m" key with another finger. That action minimizes every open window, which lets me view and click on a regular shortcut icon on the Desktop. Your user could have an icon on the Desktop that provides the shortcut to a specific dial-up connection.

    P. S. After that action, the user can restore all the windows by keying Windows-Shift-m.

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