Remove/Prevent Editing of Shortcut Properties
Posted on 2004-04-07
I don't want my users to be able to modify where shortcuts point to on their Windows XP workstations (such as by right clicking the shortcut, selecting properties, and modifying entries under the shortcut tab). At the same time, though, I don't want to prevent them from, say, sending a shortcut of a document in their docs folder to the desktop (so removing the default explorer context menu isn't an option). I'm running a domain, so methods are pretty flexible: registry change, script, gpo setting that I've overlooked, custom adm template, whatever. The following are acceptable solutions for me:
1. Remove properties from the context menu of a shortcut (but properties must remain intact for everything else, just removed from .lnk files)
2. Remove the shortcut tab from the properties of the shortcut
3. Make everything on the shortcut tab (target, start in, etc.) non-editable by the end user, including removing the function of the buttons along the bottom or making them unclickable
4. Anything else that achieves what I'm looking for without removing required functionality.