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How do I create a new shortcut on the Win 95 Desktop from within my VB5  created application ? I need to add a user name as a command-line parameter after the first usage of my application.
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by:jkunal
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Ruchi Do you work for Yahoo?.......
You got a really fast search......


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Jkunal..Nope, I don't work for Yahoo ;-)
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That was just a comment for you search speed........

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jkunal... always keep vbnet handy - the code library answers a heck of a lot of the questions posted here <smile>
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mcrider earned 500 total points
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Add the following to a MODULE:

    Declare Function OSfCreateShellLink Lib "VB5STKIT.DLL" Alias "fCreateShellLink" (ByVal lpstrFolderName As String, ByVal lpstrLinkName As String, ByVal lpstrLinkPath As String, ByVal lpstrLinkArguments As String) As Long
   


Then you can do this:

        Dim ShortcutName As String
        Dim OrigPath As String
       
        ShortcutName = "Shortcut To WordTime"
        OrigPath = "D:\Utilities\wordtime.com"
       
        OSfCreateShellLink "..\..\Desktop", _
            ShortcutName, OrigPath, Chr$(0)




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by:Maquiavelo
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 There's another sample at:

www.thescarms.com
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by:Ark
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Hi
The easiest way is to use Windows Scripting Host. Take a look at http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q244/6/77.ASP. Sample 2 show, how to add command line parameter. Cheers
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by:Ark
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Hi
Here is code you want:
'Make reference (VB Menu -> Project -> Reference) to Windows Scripting Host

Private Sub Command1_Click()
   Dim wshShell As New IWshShell_Class
   Dim wshNetwork As New IWshNetwork_Class
   Dim oMyShortCut As IWshShortcut_Class
   Dim sDeskTop As String, sUserName As String
   sDeskTop = wshShell.SpecialFolders.Item("Desktop")
' Set your shortcut name
   Set oMyShortCut = wshShell.CreateShortcut(sDeskTop + "\MyTest.lnk")
'Set window style
   oMyShortCut.WindowStyle = 7 ' &&Minimized 0=Maximized  4=Normal
'Set icon for your shortcut
   oMyShortCut.IconLocation = "d:\vb50\graphics\icons\computer\msgbox01.ico"
'Set target app
   oMyShortCut.TargetPath = "c:\Windows\calc.exe"
'Get user name
   sUserName = wshNetwork.UserName
'Set arguments for shortcut
   oMyShortCut.Arguments = sUserName
'Set working directory
   oMyShortCut.WorkingDirectory = "c:\windows"
'Save shortcut
   oMyShortCut.Save
End Sub
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by:dierdan
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I was overwelmed by good answers and references. I choose this one because I cohld easily try it ( and it did excactly what I wanted) and it is the most elegant.Thanks to you all and special thanks to mcrider.
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Thanks for the points! Glad I could help!


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