Shortcuts Validation is a feature to test a shortcut .LNK to see if it's valid, and for a valid item.
A computer shortcut (shortcut) is a small file containing a target name of a target program file that the shortcut represents.
The shortcut might additionally specify parameters to be passed to the target program when it is run.
Windows system uses .lnk as the filename extension for shortcuts to local files. Generally the effect of double-clicking a shortcut is intended to be the same as double-clicking the application to which it refers
To open Shortcuts Validation window click on the Shortcuts Validation button located at Main toolbar > Tools tab > Editors group
The window is divided into following parts:
|•||Toolbar, which is grouping all the commands and options you can use to work with shortcut files|
|•||Folders Tree Views |
Left Tree View:
Here on this Tree View you can select a folder or drive where you want to search for links to validate
Right Tree View:
Here you can select a folder or drive where to want to search for target files. This folder selection and tree is used only with Fix Invalid Links command
How to edit shortcut files:
1. Browse you computer using File Browser then select a shortcut file.
If the option "Open link on mouse selection in browser" is selected the a link will be automatically opened otherwise click the Open Link button
2. Set link's appropriate argument and other options if necessary using Shortcut parameters editor located on the bottom of the window.
3. Click on the Save Link button to save the changes .That it is!
Starts the links validation process.
Validator will search and check the links within the folder or drive that is selected at the Left Tree View.
To cancel the validation process click on a Cancel button that will appear at the righ-bottom corner of main software window
Link Tools Menu:
Fix Invalid Links
This command allows you to repair invalid links.
To do so first you have to perform the Shortcut Validation. After that if on Validation Results List there are invalid links then you can try to fix them.
Shortcuts Validator will go though all invalid links and search for target files in folder that is selected on the Right Tree View.
If a target file is found then invalid link will be updated with new path to file.
Delete Invalid Links
Deletes ALL invalid links from the disk.
This command sends deleted shortcut files to the Recycle Bin, so they can be later restored if necessary.
Delete Selected Links
Deletes ALL selected invalid links from the disk.
Only those links will be deleted that are invalid and they are selected by checking links check marks at Validation Results List
This command also sends deleted shortcut files to the Recycle Bin, so they can be later restored if necessary.
Delete Links & Linked Files
Deletes ALL links from the disk along with it target files.
Only those links and its files will be deleted that are selected by checking links check marks at Validation Results List
This command also sends deleted files to the Recycle Bin, so they can be later restored if necessary.
Search in all sub folders
If checked then Shortcuts Validator will do a recursive search otherwise only files in selected folder will be checked
Select All Links
Selects all check marks in all Validation Results List rows.
Select Invalid Links
Selects all check marks for only invalid links in all Validation Results List rows. The rest of the links will be unselected
Deselects all check marks in all Validation Results List rows
Show Selected Link Target File In Browser
Finds and shows in the active File Browser location of selected link's target file
It will show the file only if a link has a valid path to the target file
Show Selected Link File In Browser
Finds and shows in the active File Browser location of selected link file
The progress and status of links validation will be shown at the grid.
The grid has the following columns:
A column where the associated icons of links target files are displayed
Check mark's column. If a tested link did not pass the test, then the link's check mark will be checked by default.
All links that are checked by check marks can be used with commands available at toolbar
Short test information:
1. Valid - If link did passed the test. Cell will be highlighted in green color
2. Invalid - If link did not passed the test. Cell will be highlighted in red color
3. Other - Link is not tested, refers to target that is unknown or may refer to a network path for example
Cell will not be highlighted
A tested link name
Target File Path
A full path to link's target file name
A full path to link file
Date when link file was created