WORD 2007 - inserting link to one folder in another

I have a folder on my E: drive (call ie E:\STEVE). I have moved some documents from there to a public folder on our network p: drive (call it P:\SPECS). Years ago (per an earlier version of WORD), I did something similar and was able to somehow insert a "link" or "pointer" in the original folder to link to the other folder...but I forget how.

So, any info on how to do this would be greatly appreciaed.
Thanks,
Steve
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAsked:
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jss1199Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Steve,

To create a shortcut rather than use mlink, perform the following:

1. Open Windows Explorer
2. Click File -> New -> Shortcut
3. Within the Shortcut wizard window, browse to the location of the file you wish to create the shortcut to create the shortcut.
4. Finish
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Well..
I tried MKLINK at my command prompt and the command is not recognized.  And, I don't think (could be wrong) what I used years ago. Is there a more direct method?
Thanks.
Steve
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jss1199Commented:
what OS?
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
It's a built-in command, so it should be there (unless you are using a third-party tool such as Powershell).
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Using 4NT.
Thanks.
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
Probably 4NT doesn't know about MkLink. Not all of these shell substitutes do.

Actually, I don't know how 4NT is implemented, but I suppose that there must be a way to bypass it and to type in the command directly.
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jss1199Commented:
Can you Start-Run and enter cmd.exe to open the windows native shell?

What version on 4NT are you using?  They have supported mklink for at least the last couple of years
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Well I looked in my documents folder and found several files of extension .LNK which seem to be how I did it in the past. I'm almost certain that I did not use MKLINK back then. So, is there another way?

FWIW, I'm attaching one of these files...actually forget that .LNK is not one of the valid extensions. I can attach. But here's a screenshot of how the link appears:

Screenshot of how a LNK file looks
Thanks.
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Nope....

C:\Documents and Settings\stephenk>mklink
'mklink' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.

C:\Documents and Settings\stephenk>ver

Per my 4NT version:
4NT  6.01.237A   Windows XP 5.1
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jss1199Commented:
That is a shortcut file.  You can certainly update that link (right-click -> properties) to point to any path you want.
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
>>That is a shortcut file.  You can certainly update that link (right-click -> properties) to point >>to any path you want
OK and how to create such a file from scratch?
Thanks.
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
If you simply want to start a programme, perhaps with a particular input file, then it makes sense to set up a short-cut icon on the desktop.

However, we are here trying to run a Windows command to set up a redirection link
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
I'm not sure where we are with this.

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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Jss1199 -

http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000739.htm 

"In Windows Explorer, click File, New, and then Shortcut. Once in the shortcut wizard window, you will be able to browse to the location of the file you wish to create the shortcut to create the shortcut."

That worked for me per being able to navigate where I wanted. Thank you.

Per Graham's comment, could you (JSK) please repost this solution explicilty so I can properly award your points?

Graham - sorry if i was not clear in my original query. I guess I should have said "SHORTCUT" not "LINK". My bad and thanks for your input.
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GrahamSkanRetiredCommented:
Steve,
I'm not to clear what your current problem is. Obviously (to me at least), you can change the path for the active file.
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Graham,
No longer a problem. JSK's sol'n essentially reminded me how to create a .LNK file (shortcut) from scratch (when it was more convenient than to copy an active .LNK file and change it.).
So in ths case I gues that MKLINK is not needed, but thank you again for your input.
-Steve
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Paul SauvéConnect With a Mentor RetiredCommented:
>>Years ago (per an earlier version of WORD), I did something similar and was able to somehow insert a "link" or "pointer" in the original folder to link to the other folder...

I don't know if we are looking at this the wrong way, but there is a very simple way to do this.

On you desktop, right-click and select New -> Shortcut
Click on Browse
Browse to the location (P:\SPECS)
Click Next and click Finish
The shortcut is created on your desktop
Move the shortcut to the original folder (E:\STEVE)
BTW, this doesn't really have anything to do with Word!
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
jss1199 & I think alike - K.I.S.S.!
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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
JSK and Paul - thank you both. Either solution works. I will add to JSK's that when in Windows Explorer, you should start in the folder in which you want to insert the link to the other folder.
That is,

1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder FROM which you wish to create the shortcut.
2. Click File -> New -> Shortcut
3. Within the Shortcut wizard window, browse to the location of the file you wish to create the shortcut to create the shortcut.
4. Finish
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Paul SauvéRetiredCommented:
>>when in Windows Explorer, you should start in the folder in which you want to insert the link to the other folder... browse to the location... to create the shortcut

Aha!

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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
:)
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