How to convert a shortcut file into an original file

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Considering there are no viruses, you simply have made shortcuts on the desktop or elsewhere but you want to swiftly ‘find’ those original files and save them in a particular folder or as you like.

  • Open the shortcut (double click on it). Then go to File>Save As. Navigate to where you want to keep the original, give it a new name if you like, click Save. You can do this with office documents and editable documents.
  • For non-editable documents, like music files, videos, image files, you can right click the shortcut > properties > open file location. You can see the original file of that shortcut highlighted in its folder in Explorer. Simply right click on that file > copy, and you can go to the folder where you want to keep the original and paste it there.

Note that both methods will create a copy of the original file. Which means the previous file in its location will remain there.