Solved

Is it possible to embed a shortcut in an Email?

Posted on 2007-12-06
3
516 Views
Last Modified: 2008-03-10
Is it possible to embed a desktop shortcut in an Outlook Email message?

I want to generate an Email that includes a link that will run an application on the users desktop. If this is possible, how is it done? I'm familiar with the usual 'mailto;' or 'http:' type  links, but haven't a clue how I would embed a desktop shortcut. Are there security settings that might affect this?

Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:JPNeron
3 Comments
 
LVL 14

Accepted Solution

by:
ldunscombe earned 400 total points
ID: 20424394
Yes and No.

You can insert a hyperlink to a local file (insert > hyperlink and browse to the file you want to open) however, The path to the file must be exactly the same on the recipients machine. eg  c:\Program Files\Application Folder\Application.exe

The problem you will face is that the path to a users desktop is different for each user. ie c:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Desktop
so you would need the file to be located in a generic location common to all users such as the c:\Program Files Folder.

And also some users may not be able to recieve hyperlinks in their email depends on the security settings of their organisation.

There may be ways around the problems I have suggusted I am by no means an authority on the subject, just relaying my personal experience.

Good luck
Leigh.
0
 
LVL 31

Expert Comment

by:rid
ID: 20427333
You pretty much have it in the first comment. However, I'd like to add that this does verge on the intrusive. I wouldn't try anything like that unless I were absolutely sure about the recipients view on such an idea...
/RID
0
 

Author Comment

by:JPNeron
ID: 20429805
Thanks for the response, I guess I could have figured that out if I bothered to look...:-) Didn't think it would be that easy.

FYI: I understand the issues. This is intended for a specific recipient, not the world at large, so I know where the executable file will be on their desktop. The idea is that something happens in an application that they need to deal with, so the application sends them an email with a link they can just click on to get into the application.

Jean
0

Featured Post

Windows Server 2016: All you need to know

Learn about Hyper-V features that increase functionality and usability of Microsoft Windows Server 2016. Also, throughout this eBook, you’ll find some basic PowerShell examples that will help you leverage the scripts in your environments!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This is my first article on Expert Exchange on the Manual Method of Exporting Office 365 Mailboxes to PST format by using the eDiscovery mechanism of Office. Hope you will enjoy the article.
Preparing an email is something we should all take special care with – especially when the email is for somebody you may not know very well. The pressures of everyday working life stacked with a hectic office environment can make this a real challen…
This Micro Tutorial demonstrates  how Internet marketers work with competitive analysis data, and a common task in data preparation is creating separate column for domains. You will then extract from a list of URLs.
The Email Laundry PDF encryption service allows companies to send confidential encrypted  emails to anybody. The PDF document can also contain attachments that are embedded in the encrypted PDF. The password is randomly generated by The Email Laundr…

809 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question