How many Windows program & file shortcuts are on your computer? 100? 200? 500? And how many are "ill" because you moved something to another directory or deleted a program or changed your network drive maps? Not sure? You can always roll up your sleeves, test
them one at a time and coax Windows to try a fix. Or you can work smart & can call in the Doctor.
Shortcut Doctor checks your Windows shortcuts to see which point to targets that can no longer be found. The Doctor can then edit or resolve invalid shortcuts, search
and replace shortcuts pointing to a certain drive or directory with another (with or without validation), search & replace shortcut command parameters, or delete shortcuts to the Recycle Bin. All shortcuts on a drive can be displayed, regardless of whether they are healthy or not.
Operations can be set to ignore paths such as CD-ROM or network drives. Internet shortcuts can also be triaged for errors, edited, or created. Output in the Results List can be written to a file - perfect for diagnostic reports. Shortcut Doctor can also empty the Recent Documents list
at the click of a button.
The program is available in 32-bit & 64-bit versions with
Window Vista compatibility.
A command line script function lets you automate complex operations and control program options in effect. For example, you can disable path validation before search-replace operations - useful for setting up shortcuts that might not
be valid until they are transferred to a remote machine.
Command line functions also allow you to create shortcuts from scratch by specifying the path/file name for the .lnk file to create, the path to the program to launch, and any special command line parameters for that program. See
Shortcut Doctor F1 hlp for usage details.
There is also a function to disable (or enable) automatic shortcut resolution for shortcuts that reference mapped network paths, thus giving you a chance to intervene with those shortcuts that seem to have a mind of their own when
network mappings change. For more information on dynamic shortcut resolution and UNC path tracking, search the MS Knowledge Base at support.microsoft.com. Article Q150215 is a good starting point.
The program also has advanced file mask filters to allow you to ignore shortcut files based on their physical location on your disk. This can be combined with "Path Ignore", e.g., skip any shortcut that references
\\netdrive\c and any shortcut in c:\windows\start menu\programs\games. File Mask can also be specified in script files with the Mask= parameter.
A German interface is available.
Important - Windows Vista Users:
Shortcut Doctor does not automatically assign itself 'administrator
level' program on your computer. Shortcut Doctor must be run 'As
Administrator'. Do this by right clicking on the program shortcut and
select 'Run As Administrator' to run the program. This should be done
even if your Vista user account is one with full access permissions.
Alternatively you can manually modify the shortcut properties for the
shortcut to launch the program (Right click on the shortcut; Click on
Shortcut tab; Click on Advanced; Check 'Run as administrator').