Windows 10: How to make folder shortcuts act like folders inside File Open dialogs

Discus and support How to make folder shortcuts act like folders inside File Open dialogs in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; Hello everyone I don't store all my files in the Documents folder, but in various other nested folders on various other drives, e.g.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by ugcheleuce, Oct 6, 2020.

  1. How to make folder shortcuts act like folders inside File Open dialogs


    Hello everyone

    I don't store all my files in the Documents folder, but in various other nested folders on various other drives, e.g. D:\Folder1\Folder2\Folder3\Folder4 etc. I have a shortcuts on my Desktop to frequently used folders, e.g. a shortcut called "My Favourite Folder" that gets me to D:\Folder1\Folder2\Folder3\Folder4 quickly.

    Under Windows 7 and earlier, I was able to open files directly from various programs' "File Open" dialogs using those shortcuts on my desktop. In other words, in e.g. MS Word, I could go Ctrl+O, click the Desktop shortcut, then click "My Favourite Folder" (which is not a folder but a shortcut to a folder), which instantly navigates me to D:\Folder1\Folder2\Folder3\Folder4, where I can then click e.g. "My File.doc" inside that folder, to open that file.

    I can no longer do that, in Windows 10. Shortcuts to files and folders no longer appear in a File Open dialog. (Oh, I can change the filter to "All files", and then the shortcuts do show up, but they don't act as shortcuts.)

    A frustrating workaround that I currently use is to double-click the e.g. "My Favourite Folder" shortcut on the Desktop, then click in its breadcrumbs field, Ctrl+C, and then go to Word, Ctrl+O, click in the File field, Ctrl+V, and click "Open", which navigates to that folder.

    Is there some kind of setting in Windows 10 that brings back the Windows 7 behaviour?

    Thanks
    Samuel

    Windows 10.0.18362 N/A Build 18362

    :)
     
    ugcheleuce, Oct 6, 2020
    #1
  2. GSquadron Win User

    Folders with zip files

    I have like 30 or more folders and everyone of them has only one single zip file.
    How can I extract all zip files inside of all folders?
     
    GSquadron, Oct 6, 2020
    #2
  3. Folder Template with shortcut to folder inside folder.

    I showed you the principle of a method that will do what you wish. To apply it to any folder structure you need to understand how it works.

    • In my shortcut I defined the "Start in" folder as %CD%. This means that the shortcut must use the
      current folder as its base. In my example this was C:\Templates\Template1\TestA.
    • For the shortcut I used this command line:

      explorer.exe ..\TestB\Target

      What exactly does this do? Here is the explanation:

      1. "..\" tells Explorer to step on up in the directory tree:

      C:\Templates\Template1\TestA -> C:\Templates\Template1

      2. "TestB" tells Explorer to steop one down in the directory tree:

      C:\Templates\Template1 -> C:\Templates\Template1\TestB

      3. "Target" tells Explorer to open the file or folder "Target".
    Applying this knowledge, you could create a shortcut that makes Explorer step up two folders:

    Explorer.exe ..\..\Template2\TestB\Target

    C:\Templates\Template1\TestA

    -> C:\Templates\Template1

    -> C:\Templates

    -> C:\Templates\Template2

    -> C:\Templates\Template1\TestB

    -> Open "Target"

    Armed with this knowledge you can now fix your shortcut yourself.
     
    Frederik Long, Oct 6, 2020
    #3
  4. shuggans Win User

    How to make folder shortcuts act like folders inside File Open dialogs

    Opening a Folder in VC++

    Jack28,
    I would look into using a FolderBrowserDialog object in your application. This will open a dialog that lets you select a folder. Then use
    Code: FolderBrowserDialog1.selecteditem[/quote] to return the output string of the folder into a textbox, set the textbox enabled property to false so that they cannot type in the path, they have to get the path by selecting the folder using the folder browser.
    This will endure your program never throws a directory not found exception and crashing itself.
    This is what I have always doen and it works quite nicely.
     
    shuggans, Oct 6, 2020
    #4
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