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How to Fix Broken Shortcuts?

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A valid shortcut provides quicker access to files while a broken one turns out useless and even get infected with virus. Incomplete program uninstall, registry errors and updates to the Windows operating system can all cause broken shortcuts. They are to mess desktop, take up space and slow down your machine... PCTuneUp Free Shortcut Fixer, a professional shortcut fixer tool, is here for you. With ability to fix all broken shortcuts, the shortcut remover will troubleshoot all your headache problems.

Step 1. Download and Run Free Shortcut Fixer

Click here to download PCTuneUp Free Shortcut Fixer and install it. Double-click the icon to launch the program.

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Step 2. Scan Shortcuts

Click "Scan Shortcuts" to choose the drive or folder you want to scan. Click "OK" and the scan will start immediately.

Tip: broken shortcuts are often found after you uninstall a program or delete some file from your system, which are typically the result of shortcuts no longer pointing to the correct folder or application file. These icons and startup items that have not been used in 3 months were gathering dust on your desktop, start menu and system menu.

Scan Shortcuts

Step 3. Select Broken Shortcuts

The shortcut files found will be listed with info like name, target, location and other details. The program marks the broken shortcut (when the files it is linking to are missing) with a red cross so you can spot it easily and solve the problem. Click "Select invalid" to select all the broken shortcuts. If you want to deselect the shortcuts, click "Select none".

Select Broken Shortcuts

There is a filter box in which you can enter the shortcut name or part of it to quickly find the shortcut. Click the dropdown menu of "Show" to list all shortcuts, the valid ones or just the invalid ones. The info of the selected shortcut such as location, shortcut, target, etc. will be displayed at the bottom. Click "Properties" or double click the shortcut to open up the properties dialog box for the item.

Filter Shortcuts & View Properties

Step 4. Remove Broken Shortcuts

Click "Delete" to remove the broken shortcuts and they won't bother you anymore.

Tip: it not only removes broken program shortcuts, but also recent history shortcuts to protect your privacy.

Fix Broken Shortcuts

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