If you’re like me and you carry 50 apps around on your flash drive, the drive-letter issue can get pretty annoying. In your laptop, it’s in the H:/, on your desktop it’s the I:/ and at school or works it’s the G:/. This makes your wonderful shortcut’s useless. You could always leave the programs in their designated folders, right? Your app is only ten clicks away! What if you make a shortcut for each drive letter in existence? 90% of your flash drive’s capacity will be filled up with shortcuts! So what’s the real solution? Batch files!
After monkeying around with DOS for a while, I found that a simple batch file can be used as a universal shortcut. Here’s hot to do it:
- Take note of the directories of the apps you’ll be using.
- Right-click -> new -> text file. Name it whatever you please.
- Right-click -> edit.
- Write: “\folder\folder\folder\app.exe” with the quotations. Replace “folder” with the actual folders in your directory and app.exe with the app you want to run.
- File -> save as -> title.bat . Replace title with the name of the app. Save it to the root of the folder.
- Delete the old text file.
- Repeat for every app you have.
And that’s how to make a universal pseudo-shortcut.
if you want to take this a step further, you can add multiple lines so that the batch file will launch several apps or files at once.
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Note: I can vouch for LiberKey’s false-positive virus claim. I scanned my copy with Norton 360 and found no viruses whatsoever.
EDIT: PStart is a better alternative to Liberkey.