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I have to create a script to delete the outlook xp shortcut in the quick launch toolbar.
Here is what I am using in dos

del c:\documents and settings\5139\application data\microsoft\internet explorer\quick launch\launch microsoft outlook.lnk

I can get to that exact location in dos, but when I type in del .........\launch microsoft outlook.lnk  I get the below error.

Could not find c:\documents and settings\5139\application data\microsoft\internet explorer\quick launch\launch

as you can see, it stops at launch.  any ideas?
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del "c:\documents and settings\5139\application data\microsoft\internet explorer\quick launch\launch microsoft outlook.lnk"

should do it
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The problem is that there are spaces in the directory names, so it's recognized as a parameter, instead of a folder...
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by:steveLaMi
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Is there anyway to get around the fact there are spaces? Can I use underscores or ~  ?
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You 'could' potentially, but enclosing it in quotes is the best solution.
The way 8.3 filenames transfer, the above 'could' read:

del c:\docume~1\5139\applic~1\microsoft\intern~1\quickl~1\launch~1.lnk

but launch~1.lnk could refer to any number of files - you could be deleting "Launch Outlook Express.lnk" for example....

It depends on how the 8.3 were built:

Launch Outlook Express.lnk  = Launch~1.lnk
Launch Microsoft Outlook.lnk = Launch~2.lnk
Launch Other Program.lnk = Launch~3.lnk

Here's some detail on how they're built: http://home.teleport.com/~brainy/lfn.htm
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