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How to hide shortcut target information

Posted on 2008-10-30
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A normal shortcut have multiple tabs in the properties, fx. the Shortcut tab where you can see and change the Target information (what .exe is called), the folder to sttart in etc.

Some programs have "special" shortcuts with HIDDEN target information, fx the shortcuts the Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007 installation creates in the Microsoft Office... program group (in the Start menu - All Programs).

On these shortcuts the Shortcut properties tab have an inactive target box containing fx. "Microsoft Office Professional 2003".

I guess these special shortcuts somehow references something in registry, possible within Classes\CLSID, but how do you create such a shortcut...?

The reason I ask is that we need to hide the Target information on some specific shortcuts on a terminal server.

The special shortcuts exists in both WinXP, Vista and Server 2003, so it muct be a generic Windows thing.
See http://www.stdlib.com/art6-Shortcut-File-Format-lnk.html for a format description of .lnk files... references is made to IShellLink, but I haven't found any way to utilize the info nor any utils that support hiding the Target.

Anyone? Thanks!

//Nicolaj
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These are called "advertised shortcuts" and can be created in something like AdminStudio Advanced Installer.

I'm not sure you can simply create only the shortcut, I think it has to be part of a deployable software package.

Reading the manuals on either of those should explain that much better than I can.



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Oops, that should have read AdminStudio OR Advanced Installer.

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