I have two related questions. I am using Win XP SP3. 1. How do I know what program (folder and file name) is executed when I click on shortcut? For some shortcuts, the answer seems self-evident: right-click on the shortcut icon, click on Properties, and look at Target in the Shortcut tab. But for other sortcuts, e.g. Excel, the Shortcut tab does not tell me anything useful. I don't know if the shortcuts for Office 2003 (or perhaps all MS) products are a special case. Even if they are, I am interested in knowing how to find the real "target" for those shortcuts, too. I know that I can search for, e.g., excel.exe. But what if I have multiple files with that name on my system, and/or for some reason I don't trust my assumptions about which file the shortcut is actually linked to? 2. When I execute a program from the DOS prompt (Start > Run > cmd), how can I determine the full path (folder and file name) that is executed? When I execute a program from the Start > Run window, how can I determine the full path (folder and file name) that is executed? I am surprised to find that those are not identical. For example, I can execute `excel` from Program > Run, but not from Start > Run > cmd. Yet I can execute `telnet` from either. What's up with that? Again, are Office 2003 (or all MS) products simply a special case? I know that the PATH environment is used, at least for DOS prompt execution. How do I know the actual path in which the program was found? (Without trying each path myself.) Also, if I enter only the basename (e.g. telnet instead of telnet.exe), I believe that at least two extensions are tried, .exe and .bas. (There might be others, AFIK.) How do I know the actual file name (extension) that was used? (Without trying each one myself.) Basically, I want to know what tools I can use to troubleshoot the unexpected if/when it arises.