App-V 5 Modify a shortcut

When you create a new package and deploy it, there usually are some things that might resurface after the initial testing of a package. Such details might be the placement and name of a shortcut.

If you open an existing package in the sequencer you have three options;

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Select Update Application in Existing Package will present you with a stripped version of the sequencing wizard. Aiming for the Edit Package will head you straight to tab-based part of the wizard where we can review and edit the package on a more detailed level;

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Ponder this image above for a few seconds and lets continue with the Add New Application option.

Selecting the Add New Application is the route of upgrading packages that I personally recommend. The reason are simple;

There are no options removed while performing the updated sequence.

The Edit Package route (obviously) takes us to the tab-based edit mode and doesn’t allow us to capture any additional installers.

What might havechanged in the App-V 5 sequencer as the ability to edit and alter shortcuts actually shows up in the Edit-mode after you have finished either Update Application in Existing Package or Add New Application and choose Customize. The below tabs can be seen. For some reason – Shortcuts and FTAs isn’t visible when selecting Edit, but for the rest of the possible routes the full view of tabs is visible.

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There seems to be “light” Edit and “advanced” Edit. Advanced Edit seems to only be available by strolling along the two wizard-based routes, where as light Edit can be directly accessed when opening a package. Light Edit does not allow you to alter shortcuts and file type associations.

6 Comments

  1. matt thorley said:

    So if i want to just edit a shortcut i have start the capture process rather than select edit?

    a few things seem a little backward in v5!

    nice post

    December 5, 2012
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  2. Alan Dooley said:

    The shortcut editing is quite tedious. If you capture an application which takes hours, then you realise that you havn’t capitalised a shortcut the process to edit it seems to be very long winded.

    March 26, 2013
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    • Gyorgy Kuhar said:

      … or you realise that you’ve left a shortcut on the desktop… 🙂

      May 31, 2013
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  3. Pat Flaherty said:

    Is it not possible to edit the shortcut location via the DeploymentConfig.xml file and in this way avoid having to open the package for editing at all?

    July 15, 2013
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    • nickekallen said:

      Yes, it is

      July 22, 2013
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