Recently I faced a task of changing the text in the target box on the "shortcut" tab under "properties" when right clicking the icon. I'm not sure when this problem first occured, as I don't think I've needed to open the shortcut tab before. Under properties, it does indeed state the the icon is a "shortcut (.lnk)." Also, I tried other shortcut files, but still no shortcut tab. The only ones that appear are, "General," "Compatibility," "Details," and "Previous Versions." I have heard that registry cleaners could be the cause of this problem, and I can't say for sure that I have never used one. However, I tried merging the proper reg file from a trusted source, but nothing changed. I am running Windows 7 Home Premium.