Windows 10: Problem: "Open file location" fails from any shortcut on the desktop.

Discus and support Problem: "Open file location" fails from any shortcut on the desktop. in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; This is an issue that has been asked about through various problems reported for years. The error is similar to this one: [ATTACH] Many answers... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by FlaJunkie, Dec 3, 2019 at 10:57 AM.

  1. FlaJunkie Win User

    Problem: "Open file location" fails from any shortcut on the desktop.


    This is an issue that has been asked about through various problems reported for years. The error is similar to this one:


    Problem: "Open file location" fails from any shortcut on the desktop. 2e42a169-12ca-4020-8104-584f10166d83?upload=true.jpg


    Many answers include doing all sorts of utilitarian stuff. I must have looked at dozens of suggested solutions. And actually doing what the error message above says is totally useless in some situations where the program operated properly before.


    But I found one for a similar error that worked. I suspect many have the same problem because of third-party installations.


    The error is in Computer\HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Folder\shell, inside the normally null string value.


    These third-party programs fill the null value with their own program. If the program is removed, it sometimes doesn't remove that link. Using the context menu to open a file location will then fail with an error message.


    The solution is simple. Reset the string to null and the problems disappear. No need to do various utilitarian stuff!

    :)
     
  2. DaveM121 Win User

    Desktop shortcut is opening application and explorer window location

    Hi Lyle, probably best to just create a new shortcut . . .

    On your Start Menu, in the alphabetical list of installed apps, locate that application

    Right click and choose More - Open File Location

    Right click the resulting file and choose Send to Desktop (create shortcut)

    Delete the old shortcut
     
  3. How to pin app shortcut to desk top?

    Hi,

    Thank you for contacting Microsoft Community.

    I suggest you to follow below steps to change pin the apps on the desktop screen and check if it helps.

    Step 1: I suggest you to perform the below steps to add the apps on desktop.

    • Click on the “Start button” and locate the App that you want to pin to Desktop.
    • Right click on the “App” and click on “More options”.
    • Then click on “Open File location” and right click on the app, click on “Send to” option.
    • Then select “Desktop (Create shortcut)”.
    • Go to “Desktop” and check whether the app is located or not.

    Or Step 2: To add shortcuts to the desktop

    • Press and hold or right-click the desktop, tap or click New, and then tap or click Shortcut.
    • Enter the location of the item or tap or click Browse to find the item in File Explorer.

    Hope this information is helpful and do let us know if you need further assistance. We will be glad to assist.
     
  4. LyleJ Win User

    Problem: "Open file location" fails from any shortcut on the desktop.

    Desktop shortcut is opening application and explorer window location

    So, one shortcut on my desktop is opening the application and the windows explorer file location.

    I want to stop the file location from opening.

    I checked other shortcuts on my desktop and there appears to be no difference in the Target/Start in fields from the other shortcuts.

    There is no shortcut key either.

    Appreciate the help on this..
     
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