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Windows Environment Variables in a Shortcut

by brian4xp / March 21, 2007 3:31 AM PDT

I have a thumbdrive with some files and apps I use when taking work home to work on there.

I have Aida32 in a folder on that drive (yes it's old but still somewhat useful). I would like to have a shortcut to the exe in the Aida folder in the root of the drive so I can run it from there. I can create one just fine, the only problem is the drive letter won't always be the same. So, I have to edit the shortcut to change the drive letter if I want to use it.

I found there is an environment variable %cd% which is the current directory. I tried to use that in the shortcut, but it won't accept it. I get a "The name '%cd%Aida\aida32.exe' specified in the Target box is not valid. Make sure the path and file name are correct".

Is it possible to do this or not? I have tried quotes around the whole string but that didn't fly either.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 21, 2007 3:56 AM PDT
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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 21, 2007 4:05 AM PDT

C:\tmp>echo %cd%

C:\tmp>echo %CD%

Ok, it's not case sensitive but it is a batch file command and not something you'll put in a shortcut. If you take another look you see you also have a missing backslash.


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