moderated Re: Having Trouble With Desktop Shortcut For Newly-Installed Program
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I really don’t know the answer to your last question.
Perhaps I’ll ask the next time I talk to the person who created the program.
As I said, I at least got something working here.
Thanks to all for your patience in following this thread.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of JM Casey
Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:39 AM
Subject: Re: Having Trouble With Desktop Shortcut For Newly-Installed Program
Considering the shortcut key invokes the desktop shortcut – yeah that is pretty strange.
I personally never use the desktop by putting stuff on it and navigating around to find them. I’ll use it if I really want a keyboard shortcut to activate a programme, which, yeah, sometimes I do. Otherwise though, it always seems to me that there are more efficient ways to start something (for me, often that’s using the run box and just typing in the name, but I realise that isn’t going to be the case for everyone).
Does the programme have switches that are supposed to be invoked with the running? E.g.: programname /blahblah
If so, and the switches are not present causing the programme to terminate unexpectedly, maybe the programmer didn’t put in any error message to return on the display.
When using the Windows run command and going to the shellapps folder, the program does nothing, like was the case when hitting enter on the original desktop shortcut.
Yet, when I use the shortcut key command that I created for the program, the program opens just fine.
At least I got that to work.
When you use the run command though, do you get the “windows could not find…” etc error message, or does it just do nothing like when you activate the shortcut?
The name in alla pps and the name of the executable aren’t necessarily the same.
But it sounds like you already found the programme/location, anyway.
The program runs fine when I access it from the all apps list.
However, interestingly, I can’t access it via the windows R run command. I double-checked the name of the program in the all apps list before entering the name into the run command edit box, but the program still won’t come up that way.
Again, though, it works just fine when accessing it from the All Apps list.
Find the location of the actual programme on your computer (not the shortcut), and see if that runs
Will probably be installed in c:\program files or c:\program files (x86)
If you examine the file properties of the short-cut (alt-enter on the shortcut) it will tell you where the programme location and executable filename is.
If you use the “run” command you should just be able to type in that name and if the programme doesn’t run still – you know the problem isn’t with the shortcut.
Unfortunately, that did not work for me.
In other words, I got the same results; the shortcut shows up on the desktop, but nothing happens when I highlight it and press enter on it.
If you or any others have more suggestions, I’ll give them a try.
You are creating a shortcut to a shortcut.
Follow your steps through number 3.
Copy the shortcut, CTRL-C.
Focus on the Desktop, WINDOWS KEY-D.
Paste the shortcut, CTRL-V.
That should fix your issue.
On Mon, Sep 28, 2020 at 7:28 PM -0700, "Tom Behler" <tombehler@...> wrote: