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    Can't Use Desktop Shortcuts (6 sp2)

    I had a desktop shortcut to a website that suddenly quick working. <img src=/S/cooked.gif border=0 alt=cooked width=50 height=46> When I double click absolutely nothing happens. I have deleted it and re-created it. I have tried to create other short cuts by right-dragging and selecting "create shortcut", I have tried right-clicking on the page and choosing "create shortcut" and I've right-clicked and used "Send To". None of the methods work on my Internet shortcuts. Exe shortcuts and file/folder shortcuts work fine.

    Anyone know where to check settings for this?

    TIA
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    Re: Can't Use Desktop Shortcuts (6 sp2)

    If you visit Windows Explorer's File Types dialog (Tools>Folder Options...>File Types tab) does your .URL setting look like this?
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    Re: Can't Use Desktop Shortcuts (6 sp2)

    Well, that's interesting, Jefferson. My dialog box is set much differently.
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    Re: Can't Use Desktop Shortcuts (6 sp2)

    Phil,
    That's the difference in OSes. He's using XP. If I recall correctly you're not. Can't remember what though.

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    Re: Can't Use Desktop Shortcuts (6 sp2)

    Phil, that's odd. You don't even have the file name parameter (often something like "%1") at the end. Does it actually work??

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    Re: Can't Use Desktop Shortcuts (6 sp2)

    Hey, you guys have a whole other discussion going!! <img src=/S/chatter.gif border=0 alt=chatter width=38 height=16>

    Mine looks exactly like yours.

    I found this Knowledge Base Article http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;175306, which tells me to "Click Remove" but I have no Remove button so not sure how to proceed.
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    Re: Can't Use Desktop Shortcuts (6 sp2)

    I don't think you need to remove it if it already is set up the way they say. (Maybe they think it got corrupted and re-creating it will help??)

    I'm not sure if there is a security patch gone awry that could be blocking the launching of shortcuts. How about a pop-up blocker? If you have one, try turning it off and see if that has any effect.

    Last thought: is Open the default action (the item that's bold when you right-click the shortcut)?

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    Re: Can't Use Desktop Shortcuts (6 sp2)

    I am flabbergasted, but when I created two new shortcuts just now, they both work! So I guess my problem is resolved, except for not knowing what caused it in the first place. It makes me wonder if the computer has a mind of its own! <img src=/S/sneaky.gif border=0 alt=sneaky width=15 height=15>

    Thank you for your help, I learned a lot by just looking at the dialog boxes; I haven't looked at the Internet shorcut before.
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    Re: Can't Use Desktop Shortcuts (6 sp2)

    You've just been blessed with a "SWF"!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ( Something Wonderful Happened ) <img src=/S/innocent.gif border=0 alt=innocent width=20 height=20>
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    Re: Can't Use Desktop Shortcuts (6 sp2)

    Hi Jefferson:
    Yes, it works. I use desktop shortcuts all the time. The article that egghead points to suggests the association that you have, even in Win 98. I'd changed it...but if it ain't broke... <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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