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    Open Target (XP SR any)

    A quick question: is there some utility (free of course) that allows me to right click a file and have included on the menu an Open Target option? This is in the Properties dialog of the right click menu but I hate having to click on Properties and then the Open Target button; moreover you have to close the Properties window. Maybe Tweak UI?

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    Re: Open Target (XP SR any)

    Maybe I don't understand the grammar but what's wrong with right-click and either OPEN or OPEN WITH... ? Don't you have those choices? When I look at Properties of a file I don't have anything called Open Target. Can you help clear me up, please?

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    Re: Open Target (XP SR any)

    Al,

    Sorry, I meant to say "right click a shortcut". See attached. Open Target allows you to open the folder in which the target of the shortcut is located. I do this quite a lot.

    Edited: Also meant to say "Find Target".

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    Re: Open Target (XP SR any)

    Hi Fred,

    Take a look here for a way to add Find Target to your right-click menu with a shell hack or here for a piece of Delphi Code that says it does essentially the same thing. I don't know a thing about Delphi Code so I can't recommend this, but offer it as FYI. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Open Target (XP SR any)

    Hi Doc,

    Thks for the links. I'll pass on the Delphi code also. It seems like it shouldn't be so hard to do this - a script to read the "Target" field in the shortcut file and call explorer to open with that folder; stick an item in the right click menu of .lnk files that calls the script. Maybe the big deal is highlighting the file - since that doesn't seem to work all the time. That's not a big deal for me; once the folder is open, finding the file is trivial even if done manually. But that's just me and I couldn't program it anyway.

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    Re: Open Target (XP SR any)

    I don't remember where I got this utility but it's been around all my windows installations. Expand the zip file and right-click install the inf file. It should create the Target Context Menu. Right click a shortcut and it should open the folder containing the target already highlighted.

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    Re: Open Target (XP SR any)

    Since .xls is associated with Excel why don't you just double click it or do as BigAl suggested and right click and select Open or Open with? If Open with is not available use Ctrl + right click. If this does not work what are you really trying to do?

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    Re: Open Target (XP SR any)

    Excellent! It even goes beyond what I asked for - providing Properties of the target rather than of the shortcut. Installed, tested, and loving it. Thanks.

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    Re: Open Target (XP SR any)

    Joe,

    My fault for a poorly worded request to begin with but I revised it. Check out jolas's posting (and my response).

    Fred

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    Re: Open Target (XP SR any)

    Hi Fred:
    I see you've already solved this, but I recall that MS Power Toys for Win 95 (& some still work in XP) had a contents & Target submenu.
    Cheers,

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    Re: Open Target (XP SR any)

    Phil,

    Thks alot.

    Being the curious one that I am, I noticed that your screen shot matched what I now have. Recalling that jolas said he had this a long time but didn't recall where he got it from, I check out your link and downloaded the file. I expanded the download and got about 20 files. There was a file named Target.inf. I opened it and wouldn't you know...it looked just like the Target.inf that I got with jolas's download.

    I think you've solved the mystery of where jolas got what he/she posted. And now that I look at what's in MS PowerToys, I recall I must have had some of those loaded on a machine in the too-distant past.

    Fred

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    Re: Open Target (XP SR any)

    Glad I solved the mystery. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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