“Open File Location” Missing in Right-Click Menu for Shortcuts

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 for your Operating System:

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, see article How to remove or modify the Shortcut overlay in Windows?

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.