Introduction

Shortcuts are links to files stored in different folders and drives on your PC. The Windows Start Menu is made of shortcuts pointing to various files elsewhere on your hard drive. These shortcuts, when run, opens its corresponding application or document. Many a time, the 'targets' of these shortcuts are moved or deleted, leaving the shortcut pointing to a file or location that no longer exists. Such 'dead' shortcuts clutter your Start Menu and Desktop.

WinUtilities Shortcuts Fixer module provides you with an easy and convenient way to address these invalid shortcuts. It scans your system, finds all the invalid shortcuts and  reports back to you so that you can remove it from your system.

How to use

  • Run WinUtilities and click the WinUtilities Shortcuts Fixer option from the System Optimizers category.
     
  • Now, on the next window, you can select the drives/folders to scan for invalid shortcuts.

    There are two options for scanning for invalid shortcuts:

    * Start Menu and Desktop: Use this option if you want to scan only the folders related to your Start Menu and Desktop.

    * All drives specified: Choose the drive(s) or folder(s) to scan from the list presented here.

    To include shortcuts that point to removable media like floppy drive, select "Scan all references to removable media" option. 
     
  • After applying the necessary settings, it is now time to start scanning for invalid shortcuts. Click "Next". At some point if you decide to stop the scanning process, click the "Stop Scanning" button.
     
  • After scanning is completed, a list of invalid shortcuts found will be displayed. 'Check mark' those entries which you want to remove from your system. By default, all entries found are unmarked for deletion. Highlighting an entry and right-clicking on it will produce a context menu. The various options on the menu are explained below.

    Fix As: You can fix the invalid shortcut by showing it the correct path to the application that it is pointing to. Browse and show the correct path to the destination file and WinUtilities Shortcuts Fixer will fix the broken link for you.

    Properties: Opens the "Windows Properties box" for the shortcut.

    Open Folder: Opens the folder in which the invalid shortcut entry exists.

    Check All, Check None, and Invert Checks: Selects/de-selects an entry for deletion.
     
  • Click "Clean All" to move all the check-marked files to recycle bin.

 
 

 

 

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