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File Shortcut InspectorIntroduction

A file shortcut (also known as shell link or just "shortcut") is a file with the extension .lnk that "points" to another file. Shortcuts are supposed to simplify your work by making files you frequently use accessible with a simple click.

Unfortunately shortcuts can become broken. You may have discovered this when you open a file using a shortcut that returned an error instead of performing it's normal action. A shortcut becomes broken when the connected file has been moved, renamed or deleted.

Green or red

The File Shortcut Inspector is ideal for fast identification of shortcuts with broken links. The Inspector scans a single directory or multiple drives for .lnk files. For each of these files the shortcut target is reviewed: if it is valid (found) the file is displayed green, if not red.

File Shortcut Inspector - Screenshot

Console window concept

The main (or console) window is the place where everything happens. This window was designed to look like a classic display device for system administration messages with black background and white fixed typo. The reason for choosing this design was that this kind of view is very suitable for programs that process files and it is well known by PC users. It features a configurable display memory where you can browse through using a scrollbar or the keyboard.

The programm will save the current window position and the content of the main window at program exit and will try to restore it on restart. The window is fully sizable, even if a process is running. The visible text sentence of file links is selectable. Double-click the link with the left mouse key to start the associated program.


The File Shortcut Inspector will run straight out of the box, no installation required, no system libraries or system preferences are altered. It is truly a so called "portable application" and can be carried on a USB stick, for example. The File Shortcut Inspector is freeware and runs on Windows Vista/7/8/10 only.

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C/C++ Speed

The File Shortcut Inspector was written in true, pure, lovely C/C++, accessing the Win32 API directly, with no use of MFC code and no libraries required. For this reason, the processing is extremely fast.

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