how can i make a shortcut in the desktop?

Posted on 2004-10-30
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
i want to make a shortcut in the desktop of my exe..

Question by:xxtigerxx
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    Accepted Solution

    Check out ("Shell Links"). It basically is

    // 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.
    // Parameters:
    // 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, LPCSTR lpszPathLink, LPCSTR lpszDesc)
        HRESULT hres;
        IShellLink* psl;
        // Get a pointer to the IShellLink interface.
        hres = CoCreateInstance(CLSID_ShellLink, NULL, CLSCTX_INPROC_SERVER,
                                IID_IShellLink, (LPVOID*)&psl);
        if (SUCCEEDED(hres))
            IPersistFile* ppf;
            // Set the path to the shortcut target and add the description.
            // Query IShellLink for the IPersistFile interface for saving the
            // shortcut in persistent storage.
            hres = psl->QueryInterface(IID_IPersistFile, (LPVOID*)&ppf);
            if (SUCCEEDED(hres))
                WCHAR wsz[MAX_PATH];
                // Ensure that the string is Unicode.
                MultiByteToWideChar(CP_ACP, 0, lpszPathLink, -1, wsz, MAX_PATH);
                // TODO: Check return value from MultiByteWideChar to ensure
                // Save the link by calling IPersistFile::Save.
                hres = ppf->Save(wsz, TRUE);
        return hres;

    A class to encapsulate this can be found at ("CShortcut ")

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    Expert Comment

    With right mouse button, drag your exe file to the desktop. Select "Create Shortcuts Here".

    You can also right click the desktop and select New->Shortcut, then browse to your exe.
    LVL 6

    Expert Comment

    by:Amritpal Singh
    have a look at the following link

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