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    Cascading Remote Links (IE 6 SP-1)

    I have two computers running XPP-1 in my home network. Instead of trying to keep the Favorites links synch'ed between the two systems, I pasted a shortcut of one system's Links folder into the other system's Favorites folder. Now, it shows up as a POF (Plain Old Folder <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>) in the Favorites drop-down list and when I click on it, it opens in a Windows explorer window. Is there a modification I can make in the registry to cause the inserted link to cascade?

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    Re: Cascading Remote Links (IE 6 SP-1)

    It is not really a POF, it is a shortcut to a Folder (is that POSCTF?). As best I can tell, only actual folders inside the Favorites folder can cascade...

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    Re: Cascading Remote Links (IE 6 SP-1)

    I'm unaware of any registry hacks for this, but would love to have the functionality, if there's a way. It would let me set up easily maintained shared "send to", "favorites", and other stuff MS didn't think we needed in "all users".

    In the meantime, there's a limited, slightly dodgy way to get part of the way. Install the "Contents Menu" (aka Fast Folder Contents) from W95 PowerToys. That at least lets you cascade the first level of a shortcut before you start opening folders. For the caveats, apart from the MS "strictly 95", see Windows PowerToys FAQ.
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    Re: Cascading Remote Links (IE 6 SP-1)

    Just a note. In my experience, the Cascading Contents Context Menu item works only on true Folders -- not on Shortcuts. So we are back in the same boat. It will work fine as long as it is not a short cut...

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    Re: Cascading Remote Links (IE 6 SP-1)

    Thanks, R2. "Virtual folders" instead of shortcuts might work, if they existed ... Guess I'll just copy and paste between the systems. I suppose I could create a batch process to do it on a scheduled basis. More things to think about.
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    Re: Cascading Remote Links (IE 6 SP-1)

    Works OK for shortcuts on my system. But is limited to just the first "cascade". That is, when you select Contents in the shortcut context menu, you get the drop-down(/up) list of the contents for the target of the shortcut. However, in this list, whether you left or right click, the action taken is "open" (no further context menus <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>).
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    Re: Cascading Remote Links (IE 6 SP-1)

    Interesting. I stand corrected!! Sorry.

    It does NOT work on one of my Shortcuts -- the one back to the Favorites folder itself -- but it DOES work on others! And I can confirm -- it only goes to the first level.

    Sorry to mislead.

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    Re: Cascading Remote Links (IE 6 SP-1)

    Hi R2:
    Are you saying the Win95 PowerToys Folder Contents doesn't cascade even the first level if you right-click a shortcut to Favorites? It should, at least on my Win98, it does. Or did I misunderstand what you said?

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    Re: Cascading Remote Links (IE 6 SP-1)

    Well, I have a 'specialized' Shortcut to my Favorites folder inside the Favorites folder itself -- it is not just a regular shortcut -- and I suspect that is the problem. And that was the one I chose to test the "Contents" tool on...

    If I create a simple shortcut to Favorites, I suspect it will work fine... Again, sorry to mess this up. <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Cascading Remote Links (IE 6 SP-1)

    Have a look at <!post=PaneKiller, 250587>PaneKiller<!/post> - it may even be able to cope with your "specialized" shortcut. It certainly works for multiple levels of "normal" folder shortcuts.

    For the original query, it does what's needed, to a degree. If you access Favorites via IE or the start menu, you'll need to right-click the shortcut and then select the PaneKiller context menu item to open a menu for the target folder (& Favorites closes). But, if you access Favorites from the PaneKiller menu directly, then you get the full shortcut expansion.
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    Re: Cascading Remote Links (IE 6 SP-1)

    The "virtual folders" you're after may exist, after all!

    Check out <!post=Indirect folder links (via Start menu),269088>Indirect folder links (via Start menu)<!/post>. Using that method, I have created a "virtual folder" of Shared Favorites in the Favorites folder for each user on this machine and it seems to work flawlessly (except it can only be maintained via explorer - the default Add to/Organize Favorites can't access it).

    Also, with a single machine, I've been unable to check the link works over the network, but since it works across drives and users, I expect it would have a reasonable chance.

    It eliminates the need for the W95 "Fast Folder Contents" PowerToy, and PaneKiller, at least for this use. And it lets you set up special cascading links, like R2s link to Favorites from within Favorites.
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