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Hi, I like to know how to make shortcut on the screen.
Windows NT 4.0. And also add a menu in Start menu.
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To recieve the path to the desktop or startmenu do :

SHGetSpecialFolderLocation( ... )
SHGetSpecialFolderPath( ... )

About creating shortcuts I found this in the MSDN (search for topic 'Shell Links' ):

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Creating a Shortcut to a File
The CreateLink sample function in the following example creates a shortcut. The parameters include a pointer to the name of the file to link to, a pointer to the name of the shortcut that you are creating, and a pointer to the description of the link. The description consists of the string, "Shortcut to file name," where file name is the name of the file to link to.

Because CreateLink calls theCoCreateInstance function, it is assumed that theCoInitialize function has already been called. CreateLink uses theIPersistFile interface to save the shortcut and the IShellLink interface to store the file name and description.

// CreateLink - uses the shell's IShellLink and IPersistFile interfaces
//   to create and store a shortcut to the specified object.
// Returns the result of calling the member functions of the interfaces.
// lpszPathObj - address of a buffer containing the path of the object.
// lpszPathLink - address of a buffer containing the path where the
//   shell link is to be stored.
// lpszDesc - address of a buffer containing the description of the
//   shell link.
 
HRESULT CreateLink(LPCSTR lpszPathObj,
    LPSTR lpszPathLink, LPSTR lpszDesc)
{
    HRESULT hres;
    IShellLink* psl;
 
    // Get a pointer to the IShellLink interface.
    hres = CoCreateInstance(&CLSID_ShellLink, NULL,
        CLSCTX_INPROC_SERVER, &IID_IShellLink, &psl);
    if (SUCCEEDED(hres)) {
        IPersistFile* ppf;
 
        // Set the path to the shortcut target and add the
        // description.
        psl->lpVtbl->SetPath(psl, lpszPathObj);
        psl->lpVtbl->SetDescription(psl, lpszDesc);
 
       // Query IShellLink for the IPersistFile interface for saving the
       // shortcut in persistent storage.
        hres = psl->lpVtbl->QueryInterface(psl, &IID_IPersistFile,
            &ppf);
 
        if (SUCCEEDED(hres)) {
            WORD wsz[MAX_PATH];
 
            // Ensure that the string is ANSI.
            MultiByteToWideChar(CP_ACP, 0, lpszPathLink, -1,
                wsz, MAX_PATH);
 
            // Save the link by calling IPersistFile::Save.
            hres = ppf->lpVtbl->Save(ppf, wsz, TRUE);
            ppf->lpVtbl->Release(ppf);
        }
        psl->lpVtbl->Release(psl);
    }
    return hres;
-------------------------------------------------------

hope that's it,

ZOPPO
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Thank you. Zoppo give me a helpful informtion.
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