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    Target: (Access 2000)

    I just acquired Windows XP and am running Access 2000. With Windows 98, I could put a file name in the "target" of a shortcut and it would open a specific file or database. In XP that area is grayed out. It was very handy and I certainly want that option now. Can anyone tell me how to use that or if it is available in XP?

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    Re: Target: (Access 2000)

    This doesn't seem to be an Access question, but a Windows XP question. However, creating and editing a shortcut is not significantly different between Windows 98 and Windows XP. How are you creating the shortcut?

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    Re: Target: (Access 2000)

    If this is what you're referring to (see attached pic) then see this MSKB article:

    OFF2000: Unable to Modify Office Shortcuts

    Article states: "Office 2000 shortcuts installed on these versions of Windows are Windows Installer shortcuts. Windows Installer shortcuts do not directly reference the path of the shortcut target; instead, they contain a token that the Windows Installer resolves to the path of the shortcut target." See article for more info & suggested resolutions. Note this info applies to other specified versions of Windows, not just XP, if the shortcut is a socalled "Windows Installer" shortcut as opposed to those you create yourself.

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    Re: Target: (Access 2000)

    I was right-clicking on the (desktop) shortcut and trying to enter the path to the file in [Target:]. It was always grayed out. MarkD answered my question with the link he gave me. I have to create my own shortcut and not use the default shortcut the program provides. Once I created my own shortcut, I could enter the path to the file and it opens the database I want.

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    Re: Target: (Access 2000)

    Thanks a lot MarkD! That answered my question!

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