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Fix Steam Shortcuts Permanently

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Steam games create .url files as shortcuts which can fail to work due to browser changes or other unknown modifications. ALSO THIS SHORTCUT CAN PIN TO START! This method bypasses any settings and simply creates a shortcut file (.lnk) that directly tells Steam to launch the game. It officially goes through Steam, so all multiplayer functions will work. Unfortunately, since this creates a shortcut for a specific game, the process will have to be repeated for every shortcut. Background Music: Sugar And Cream by 11 Acorn Lane https://woodenhatrecords.bandcamp.com/album/time-for-tea http://11acornlane.com/
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Text Comments (49)
- Splex (1 day ago)
so gooooood bro
fika koz (24 days ago)
thanks alot
revox (1 month ago)
how to fix them on linux?!
cLan GHOST (2 months ago)
This is why I love console
Ca1nM (2 months ago)
Why does this happen?
Kewlkidondabloc (3 months ago)
when i click on the notepad shortcut for steam it says access denied
Challenge-o-tron (4 months ago)
Just go the the Steam Library and right click the game and then click make a SHORTCUT
Lacuber (4 months ago)
Jeboris (5 months ago)
when i click associate a file type or protocal with a program it takes me to my settings application and doesnt work
Zaqhlul Fadhil (6 months ago)
nipu gabisa utar ey
lambotino (6 months ago)
thank you
Ca1nM (6 months ago)
Thank you
Shawn Watson (7 months ago)
I have over 100 games installed at anytime, im not doing this for every single game.. It would be faster to to reinstall each game or right click the borken shortcut and go to properties and click change icon and browse to the exe file.
Naruto Uzumaki (8 months ago)
Yeah doesn't work for me, or I don't know how to do it. xD Do I like copy the numbers besides the game ID or?? I'm lost here xD
Sparky5869 (5 months ago)
Naruto Uzumaki When you make the shortcut it should be the address to the Steam.exe then type -applaunch and the number from the url file. Steam gives each game its own unique number. 440 is just the number for TF2. Example from the video.... “C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Steam.exe” -applaunch 440
Naif Samander (9 months ago)
A faster way - Right click on game in your library - Click 'properties' - Select 'local files' tab - Click 'browse local files' - Locate your games exe file - it might be in a subfolder if you don't see it - Right click on main exe and select 'create shortcut' or 'Send to Desktop'
The Dark Wolf (1 month ago)
Sparky5869 yep, games like gta 5, don’t work that way.
Sparky5869 (9 months ago)
Naif Samander, that doesn’t work all the time. Some games have to be launched by steam, for example, many multiplayer games. The method in the video will work for ALL games.
Görkem Çakır (9 months ago)
Working , thank u :)
YEYIWON (9 months ago)
Guys,there is a better way to do it
Rolofmeister (3 months ago)
and he was never seen again :)
Sparky5869 (9 months ago)
do tell
TableWrens (10 months ago)
Life Saver.
Shyno (11 months ago)
Tfw this humble video is infinitely better than the actual forum. Dude, thanks, this went so smoothly and I actually got my shit back together. It'll be an arse to fix them all but AT LEAST THEY *ARE* GETTING FIXED. Then again, THANK YOU.
Sparky5869 (11 months ago)
I'm glad I could help!
SkiesBorder (11 months ago)
Thank you so much
NeGrOu ass (1 year ago)
thnx 2 much
NeGrOu ass (1 year ago)
im playing tf2 want you play together ?
NeGrOu ass (1 year ago)
you're awsome i hope you get more subs :)))
Sparky5869 (1 year ago)
Glad I could help!
galaxy man . jpg (1 year ago)
this is amazing
Wiz Frame (1 year ago)
Thank You ;3
H4mm3R (1 year ago)
You're the best!
Neenjah Rammus (1 year ago)
Thanks, though going through and doing this one by one for all of my shortcuts seems like a nightmare. This video is pretty well made btw, liked the music and the editing was sharp. I played around with the Default App settings again seeing this video and somehow the shortcuts are fixed now. I had previously changed .url to open with steam bootstrapper to see if that fixed things (it didn't), and now I switched them to run with "Internet Browser" and apparently they're working again. Wtf, Windows 10? (It's not any specific browser listed, it just says Internet Browser with some little house icon.. and it works.. apparently.. The proper icons were restored and the shortcuts work as they should.. I'm somewhat confused but apparently the issue is resolved. Don't know if that will help anyone else going through this mess given I have no idea what broke things or what fixed them.. but good luck! lol
Ahmed Al-Karbi (7 months ago)
LOOOL to think of the solution so simple :) they used to work before but then they became URL and now when i made internet explore it works fine ! although before as it mentioned by sparky were true shortcut ! but to do like this video for my 100+ games it is just tiresome ><
Jesse (8 months ago)
Thank you so much both Neenjah Rammus and Sparky5869 for the solutions, I would never have figured this out ;p
Jason Spada (1 year ago)
Neenjah Rammus Fixed my problem. Appreciate it.
Sparky5869 (1 year ago)
Neenjah Rammus The default for url is to open with your default web browser. That's what the original setting is referring to, and yes, it should work correctly because it should run steam and launch the game from it. However, url files do not work well with shortcuts, you'll find that you can't pin them to the start menu. That's where this tutorial is useful. It creates true shortcuts that act like they should, ALWAYS.
Dave Lister (1 year ago)
Anyone know if this works the same for Uplay shortcuts?
Crystal White (1 year ago)
you're a god i love you you deserve more subs which im doing
Sparky5869 (1 year ago)
And make sure the game isn’t already running, Steam doesn’t let you run the same game while it’s already open
Sparky5869 (1 year ago)
Did you add the -applauch and the code? It should open Steam and then launch the app. That’s what the original shortcut does.
Crystal White (1 year ago)
okay i did it but its opening steam instead of tf2 itself
HUGOAPAN12YT (1 year ago)
Sparky5869 (1 year ago)
HUGOAPAN12YT glad it helped!
TCHALA GAROU (1 year ago)
ty just THANK YOU
After Fall (1 year ago)
Teach me access deepweb senpai
Leviathan666 (1 year ago)
Bro wtf? No legit, your vids are so good, i mean like the editing and stuff and then i look at your subscribers.. ONLY 6?? How is this possible? U definetly deserve more subscribers :)
Sparky5869 (1 year ago)
Leviathan666, thank you! It's because I don't have many videos and I'm not trying to do anything with my channel... but on occasion I like to take my time and make something nice.

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