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How do I implement a Shell Link to activate a Desktop shortcut?
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by:jhance
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What do you mean by "activate a Desktop shortcut"?  Do you mean to create a desktop shortcut or do you want to "invoke" the object pointed to by the shortcut?
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If you want to create a shortcut, there is code at http://www.codeguru.com/shell/filelinks.shtml. Use the SHGetSpecialFolderPath function with the CSIDL_COMMON_DESKTOPDIRECTORY or CSIDL_DESKTOPDIRECTORY flags to get the desktop directory. And you can use the ShellExecute or ShellExecuteEx functions to execute a shortcut.
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by:dagangwang
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It is not difficult to do. See SDK help about "ShellLink", there are some good samples.
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Re: chensu's answer. I am trying your solution. However, I am having a bit of difficulty using SHGetSpecialFolderPath. According to the documentation I can use this function on Windows95 as long as I have IE 4.x installed which I do. I have included shlobj.h and set my include directories to look in mssdk\include. I still get "error C2065: 'SHGetSpecialFolderPath' : undeclared identifier" error. I've even tried defining _WIN32_IE == 0x0400. Any ideas on how to use this function?
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This is because the SDK you are using is not the latest. You need the latest Platform SDK. You may get it on MSDN CDs or download it at http://msdn.microsoft.com/developer/sdk/platform.htm. Another way is to use the SHGetSpecialFolderLocation and SHGetPathFromIDList functions which do not rely on IE4.
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