I don’t know any. Windows links are (seem to be) meant to be clicked on. Otherwise they are tiny files without any function.
This property of symlinks is called “file system transparency”. When querying the file system (a folder/file path), symbolic links are transparently resolved as if the given file path would point to the link target, not the source. The application which queries the file path does not (need to) know that there are links.
You describe a detailed prospective implementation of a solution to your workflow problem. Apparently the implementation of SketchUp and Windows does not work that way as you hoped (although the very closest solution is to switch from click-only .lnk files to real symbolic links). If you describe the abstract problem that you are trying to solve, people can come up with more suggestions.
As I understand you want to realize multiple hierarchies to organize and access the same files. It sounds to me like you tried to implement “tags” using a file/folder hierarchy (and multiple links pointing to the same files).
- Would it help if SketchUp supported “tags” on component .skp files? These could be considered when searching the component browser (but Windows file dialogs would not understand them). Wait, doesn’t SketchUp already have tags?
- Also most operating systems (I believe including Windows) support file tags either as EXIF/XMP attributes of media files or as an overlay file system. Would it help to use file tags? These can be searched and filtered in Explorer or in the file open dialogs.
Schrödinger’s with a real ö.