XP - help me undersand shortcuts where the 'target' is not a path, and is grayed out

Hey everyone,

  I've run across a few shortcuts where the Target is grayed out. - (usually the name of an application instead of the path and executable - ie Microsoft Outlook)

  How do these work? Ie is there a registry setting somewhere that ties the shortcut to the executable name?
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fruhjAsked:
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younghvCommented:
You can try these links for some help:

Q231624 OFF2000: Shortcut Keys in Dialog Boxes Do Not Work
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q231/6/24.asp

Q229396 OFF2000: Unable to Modify Office Shortcuts
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q229/3/96.asp

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younghvCommented:
lorcaSCommented:
I am not sure if i got your Q but

if u mean that how i can creat icon of the program it self in the desktop instead of a shortcut that doesn't have a properties option. example IE

you can go to program files and copy the icon of the exe file of the program and past it in desktop.
grayeCommented:
The reason is that those icons you've found (like Microsoft Outlook), have special handlers for them...

The Windows Explorer "shell" sees that you're doing a 'right click' on that shortcut, but instead of lauching the normal shortcut property window, it launches a total different property window that specific to that icon.

... it's just the way they wrote Windows.
younghvCommented:
Hi fruhj,
Glad it worked for you.
Thank you for the points.
Vic
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