Do you mean like this?
That's a shortcut to an OpenOffice Calc file on my Vista system, (similar to an Excel file). I am not using my XP rig at the moment so I can't tell.
But that shortcut above shows that I modified this file yesterday, (sorry, UK date format and not US). Doesn't the XP shortcuts show the same information?
I see an unusual thing though. Why is "Accessed" showing as July 15 and not Oct 15?
I must admit I have never checked my shortcuts for dates in that way.
I have several shortcuts in a folder on my desktop here at work. They link to several excel and word files. When I was running Win2k, each time the file was updated, the shortcut date was also updated when I re-opened the file. This made it easy for me to see which files have been updated each month.
Now I'm using XP, and it does not update the shortcut dates. I've search the net and could not find anything on the subject. Anyone know of a way with software or not, to have the shortcut dates updated each time the file its pointing to is updated?