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how to create a shortcut using vc4.0

Posted on 1999-07-15
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Last Modified: 2013-11-20
how can I create a shortcut to an .exe file using visual c++ 4.0.
This is for an install program to create the shortcut.

I need to place the shortcut in:
C:\WINNT\profiles\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Myprogram


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jkr earned 120 total points
ID: 1310063
Point your browser to ''

There you can download '', which contains a complete sample on how to create a shortcut...


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ID: 1310064
Grat - this looks hopefull,
Do you know what the parameters are or mean?
If I call the create function from this class, I need to pass in the following:

Create(LPCTSTR lpszPath,     LPCTSTR lpszTarget,
                       LPCTSTR lpszStartDir, LPCTSTR lpszDescription,
                       LPCTSTR lpszArgs,     LPCTSTR lpszIconLocation,
                       int nIconIndex,       WORD    wHotkey,
                       int nShowCmd)

Some of these args I can guess, but I don't know what  lpszArgs,  szIconLocation, nIconIndex, wHotkey, and nShowCmd are....(and what they should be set to...)

any ideas?
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Expert Comment

ID: 1310065
lpszArgs: Command line arguments passed to the app when the shortcut is double clicked
szIconLocation: path to the DLL/EXE where the icon for the shortcut is contained
nIconIndex: index of that icon in the binary image
wHotkey: Keycode for the hotkey
nShowCmd: Whether to start minimized, maximized or hidden

(just see the properties dialog of a shortcut ;-)

Author Comment

ID: 1310066
Thanks, - It works

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