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Get URL from an Internet Shortcut file

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I'm using VB.Net and I'm trying to get the URL for an Internet Shortcut given that I already have the filename. For example, I have a shortcut for http://www.yahoo.com stored on my computer as: c:\yahoo.url. When I right click the file in Windows Explorer and go to Properties, there's a property called "URL" listed. It's same URL that you get when you double-click the file. I've been playing around with the FileInfo class, but haven't had any luck.

Thanks, Zack Trainor
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Those are called Shell links in MSDN terminology not shortcuts, that's why finding info on them can be frustraiting
There are two ways that I know of for accoplishing that task: using Windows Scripting Host and using Shell Namespace from shell32.dll
I'll explain the first one, becouse I've never used the second :)
1) All you need to do is add the windows scripting host as a reference for your project (Just select "add reference..." and then select WSH from the COM objects section) then on top of your class file add an import directive:
"Imports IWshRuntimeLibrary" (for VB)
2) Then you simply create a shell object like that:
Dim myShell as new WshShell()  (again VB)
3) Create Shortcut variable:
Dim myLink as WshURLShortcut=myShell.CreateShortcut("link.url")
(if its just a regular link use WshShortcut)
And that's it... you can now retrive your URL string from myLink.TargetPath
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Thank you very much for your response. That worked just great!
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Glad to be of assistance
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