I cannot drag and drop to Windows XP shortcuts


B

bradverebay

I mean the shortcuts that you create on your desktop to represent a
program or folder...

Windows XP Home SP2

Ok here's the deal...

I put a standard shortcut on the desktop (this problem isn't limited
to the desktop, it applies to shortcuts everywhere) to point to a
folder located elsewhere on my HD. When I try to drag and drop a file
into that shortcut icon it will not accept the file. The shortcut acts
as if you're trying to drag and drop one .txt file onto another .txt
file. Essentially it moves out of the way so that one can take the
other's physical place on the desktop (assuming auto-arrange is off)
If I double click a folder shortcut it works fine and open an explorer
window.

The above is also true for shortcuts pointing to executables. For
example, I can't drop a file into the outlook icon in the quicklaunch
toolbar or one located anywhere else for that matter.

Also I noticed that the only items in the sendto context menu are non-
shortcut items even though there are shortcuts in the actualy sendto
folder. If I put an actual exe file (not a shortcut to one) it
appears on the send to context menu. I have to assume this related to
shortcuts not working properly system-wide.

Drag and drop works in other areas.

I tried:

SFC /SCANNOW

and

(as per
http://groups.google.com/group/micr...rtcut+stopped+working&rnum=2#8965ce1f95c8157f
)

regsvr32 /i shell32 (beware that they spelled this command wrong on
the above page - srv vs. svr)
regsvr32 ole32

Nothing as changed after running these and rebooting.

I had tweakui installed and unsinstalled it thinking that might have
done something..nope.

I tried creating a new user, but the same thing applied to the new
user.

Drag and drop is enabled in the start menu prefs.

Can YOU help?

Thanks...
 
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B

bradverebay

I mean the shortcuts that you create on your desktop to represent a
program or folder...

Windows XP Home SP2

Ok here's the deal...

I put a standardshortcuton the desktop (this problem isn't limited
to the desktop, it applies to shortcuts everywhere) to point to a
folder located elsewhere on my HD. When I try to drag and drop a file
into thatshortcuticon it will not accept the file. Theshortcutacts
as if you're trying to drag and drop one .txt file onto another .txt
file. Essentially it moves out of the way so that one can take the
other's physical place on the desktop (assuming auto-arrange is off)
If I double click a foldershortcutit works fine and open an explorer
window.

The above is also true for shortcuts pointing to executables. For
example, I can't drop a file into the outlook icon in the quicklaunch
toolbar or one located anywhere else for that matter.

Also I noticed that the only items in the sendto context menu are non-shortcutitems even though there are shortcuts in the actualy sendto
folder. If I put an actual exe file (not ashortcutto one) it
appears on the send to context menu. I have to assume this related to
shortcuts not working properly system-wide.

Drag and drop works in other areas.

I tried:

SFC /SCANNOW

and

(as perhttp://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize/b...
)

regsvr32 /i shell32 (beware that they spelled this command wrong on
the above page - srv vs. svr)
regsvr32 ole32

Nothing as changed after running these and rebooting.

I had tweakui installed and unsinstalled it thinking that might have
done something..nope.

I tried creating a new user, but the same thing applied to the new
user.

Drag and drop is enabled in the start menu prefs.

Can YOU help?

Thanks...

I found my own answer at:
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/file_assoc.htm

Under
LNK (Shortcut) File Association Fix (Restores Default Shortcut
Behavior)

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/fileassoc/linkfile_fix.zip

Hope this helps someone else. This took me a long time to find a
solution to.
 

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