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Running Windows 7 Professional SP-1, I have just converted over a thousand .wps files to .docx.   However, now there are hundreds of shorcuts, in myriad folders, which point to non-existent .wps files.  I would like to batch edit these links, to point them to the new .docx files.  The application which I usually rely upon, Shortcut Doctor, is not performing, for some reason.  It finds all the references to .wps in shortcut links, but will not change them to .docx (it doesn't find them again, during the Replace process, although it found them during the Search process).  Is there an application or a script which I can use, which will locate all these shortcuts and update them?
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Thank you for that script.  Sorry for my ignorance, but how should I apply that?  In other words, what is needed in order to execute that?

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I think I found out how to run the script.  I get this error:
(7, 14) Microsoft VBScript compilation error: Expected end of statement
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Are these LNK files that you need to update?

Do you want the script to only process the files in a specified folder, or do you want it to search all subfolders as well?

Do you want it to verify that the target file (with the WPS extension) exists before the change, and only update the link if true?

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Sorry, but I saw this question under the VB Classic Group.   I did run this with VB6 and it worked.  It did rename the Target File in the .lnk file, and then renamed the Shortcut itself to reflect the new file name. I did assume that the Target path of the file and the file name has NOT changed, only the extension. ( .wps to .docx)  I will be back at work next week to test it under Windows 7, VB script, but the logic is sound and working.

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Rob:  Thank you for your instructions.  I pasted the code into a new Excel module, added the Refererences, but I don't know how to run it.  When I select "Run", it asks for a macro name.

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Never mind, I worked it out.  Thank you for the code and implementation instructions -- works like a charm!

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