Windows - SHORTCUTS management (folders, files, internet...)

Magpie Bavarde
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Hello the experts,

This is my first post here, please let me know if I'm doing something wrong.

Explaning my problem is simple : I use shortcuts a lot, for various reasons, in various places. Each time my PC is changed or reinstalled (which happens quite often with our IT department, if the problem is not easily solved, let's just reinstall the machine !) it's a mess. Some shortcuts are lost. Some shortcuts don't work. Some shortcuts just vanish, pouf, empty file. Question : what could I do to avoid that as much as possible ?

I know the problem is much more complex than the question and it depends what shortcuts we're talking about, what I'm trying to do with them, and so on. But I don't need help on a very specific issue I need to solve. I would like to get global advise, internet references to "shortcut best practices", tricks & cheats, you see the idea.

Then I will study and apply all that next time they reinstall my PC (again...). Then I will probably come back and bother you with my unsolved issues. ;)

A few things that I should probably tell you :
- My machine is an pretty old mobile PC, dell intel core i5 blabla
- My files are ALL either on Onedrive perso, either on Sharepoint
- We use Chrome and are pretty much stuck with it
- My main habit with "local" (but on Onedrive) folders is right click on the file/folder I need on duplicate spots, create shortcut, move the shortcut whenever I need it
- My main habit with internet shortcuts is bring it from google search bar, or if it doesn't work, right click within a folder, new shortcut, copy the link, give it a title, and done.

Thank you very much for your precious help as I'm pretty stressed with this new-new-new-reinstall after I've worked pretty hard on my folders/shortcuts management !

Kind regards,

Mélanie
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Shortcuts (as I believe you are describing them), go in your user profile which is lost when Windows is reinstalled. Age of machine does not enter into it.

If you wish, make a folder that you can back up onto a USB key or hard drive, and copy your main shortcuts there. Make sure you keep a backup.

Then when your computer has Windows reinstalled again, you can recover your shortcuts.
... and simply place a shortcut locally on your workstation which points to the folder on the USB key or OneDrive personal then (after IT "does their thing") all that is missing are the shortcut(s) to the folder of shortcuts in the places you create locally (and not the shortcuts themselves).
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Thank you very much for this clear (and omg so fast ! :p) answer :)

That's amazing (not in a good way) that in 2019 there is no simple solution to this very basic issue

I'm kinda relieved : it's not "my fault". I was convinced it was easy for everyone and I was too dumb to understand the process !

Thanks again

Kind regards

Mélanie
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I was convinced it was easy for everyone and I was too dumb to understand the process !  NO!  Not at all.  Good question and I was happy to help
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Thank you for your help N8iveIT :)

That won't help as my shortcuts are scattered all over the place, their purpose is to duplicate the main file so that I can use them quickly from wherever they're useful. I guess I will just have to open multiple folders and chase them around anytime they're not in my active folder...

Hopefully Microsoft will do something about that in the years to come !

Thank you again
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Thank you for your help gentlemen :)

I'm amazed how fast this was and very grateful :)
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You are very welcome and we are here to help you.
No problem; glad to help!

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