“Open File Location” Entry Missing When Right-Clicking a Shortcut in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

When you right-click on a shortcut (.lnk file), the option Open file location may be missing from the right-click menu. This happens if the IsShortcut registry value for .lnk files (Shortcuts) is deleted in an attempt to hide the overlay icon in shortcuts. To resolve the problem, re-create the IsShortcut registry value.

Method 1

Download and apply the .lnk file association fix from the following link:

File association fixes for Windows Vista

File Association Fixes for Windows 7

Method 2

Click Start, type regedit.exe and press {ENTER}

Navigate to the following key:


In the right-pane, create a String value (REG_SZ) named IsShortcut

Exit the Registry Editor, and restart Windows.

Additional Note

For a proper way to remove the shortcut arrow in Windows Vista and Windows 7, see article How to remove or modify the Shortcut overlay in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

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