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    Windows 8.1 start hiding duplicate shortcuts

    Hi,

    I have redirected the Windows 8.1 start screen. I have folders one for each subject. Each subject has applications used by that subject. But some applications are used by more than one subject. For example Photoshop is used by Art, Design Technology & ICT. When i put the put the Photoshop shortcut into all 3 folders it only displays into the Art folder. It is hiding it from the other 2 folders. If i remove it from Art it will then Display in Design Technology and not ICT.

    Does anyone know how to prevent the start screen from removing duplicate shortcuts please? When i google this i get loads of stuff but not anything relating to this.

    Thanks

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    Yeah Same.. trying each and every forum to get the answer..not successful though.. I will post back if i get anything about that..

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    Anyone please?

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    u could try add a space at end of the extra shortcuts might show them up as name is different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by victory2012 View Post
    u could try add a space at end of the extra shortcuts might show them up as name is different?
    When you put a space at the end Windows automatically removes the space from the file name.

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    comma? period?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesreedersmith View Post
    comma? period?
    Nope doesn't work. Looks like its resolving the location to where the shortcut it pointing rather that comparing the names of the shortcuts.

    Found this doesn't help but looks like its by design - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/amar/archive...rt-screen.aspx
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    I am experiencing this problem too. I have Matlab 64 bit installed on my computer, and recently had to install matlab 32 bit to enable use of some 32 bit drivers. The programs have different directories but the same name and one is always hidden.
    specifically, the shortcuts are to:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\MATLAB\R2013b\bin\matlab.exe
    C:\Program Files\MATLAB\R2013b\bin\matlab.exe

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Does anyone know how to prevent the start screen from removing duplicate shortcuts please?
    Make hard links of the Photoshop executable and then create separate shortcuts to each .exe on the Start Screen?

    Code:
    cd /d "%ProgramFiles%\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC (64 Bit)"
    mklink /H "Photoshop (Art).exe" Photoshop.exe
    mklink /H "Photoshop (ICT).exe" Photoshop.exe
    mklink /H "Photoshop (Tech).exe" Photoshop.exe


    Alternatively, for non-subject specific programs like Photoshop, just create a group on the Start Screen called 'Adobe Creative Suite' and put them in there.

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    Hi @Arthur The problem with hard links they are pretty large. I would like to avoid them if i can.

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    The problem with hard links they are pretty large. I would like to avoid them if I can.
    Symbolic links didn't work when I tried them, so hard links may be the only option.

    You could compress the EXEs to save a bit of disk space.


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    Does adding "-derp" after the closing quote on the path work?
    I just tried it here by creating 2 shortcut's to Photoshop.exe and adding -derp{X} to the end of the path after the closing quote and both appear here although my test here doesnt have a redirected menu.
    Photoshop should ignore the -derp switch as it has no idea what it does, you just add -schoolart1 etc.

    I would be very surprised this wouldnt work as MS should assume switches mean different apps regardless.
    Last edited by ZeroHour; 4th November 2013 at 07:00 PM.

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    Hi @ZeroHour i am looking at this again tomorrow so will try it.

    Has anyone else got any suggestions please?

    Thanks

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    Hi mate.
    Quick thought, on our 2012 Rdp server we used an open source program to create custom tiles. It is just a shortcut that it creates.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1899865

    Hope this helps!
    Last edited by burgemaster; 5th February 2014 at 09:09 PM.

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    Hi, good shout, i will give that a try and see what happens. Thanks

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