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Windows Explorer Shortcuts not working

by visitpaul / August 5, 2009 9:34 AM PDT

I have Windows Vista Business edition, and Microsoft Office 2007. Since upgrading from XP, I have the following problem:

1. I use a shared network drive (S Drive), which has multiple levels of folders containing Office documents (Word, Excel, etc).
2. I have created shortcuts (using the righ-click "create shortcut" function, then pasting that shortcut in My Document).
3. Those shortcuts work fine when I'm locating a document in Word or Excel.

BUT, here's the problem:

4. When I open an MS office file, and then go to open a second MS office file, my Open window defaults back to My Documents - not to the existing sub-folder from which I've just opened a file.

5. The interesting thing is that MS Office (like Word, for example), DOES remember the existing file in a certain directory on the S Drive.

6. When right-clicking the folder themselves, their properties are all the same.

7. In Windows Explorer, when I click on the shortcuts that I've put in My Documents, Explorer says "Windows is searching for [name]. To locate the file yourself, click Browse." This is despite the fact that the shortcuts do work when navigating through them in Word or Excel.

This makes me think that it's not an MS Office problem - it's a windows folder authority issue.

Does anyone have any solutions to this one? I have googled this question on 5 different occasions, and can't find anyone who shares my frustration.

Imagine opening a word documetn which is a sub-sub-sub-sub folder, realising it's the wrong one, and going to click "open" and having to re-navigate through all the sub-folders again? And again? Argh!

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