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Create an application shortcut using VB.NET code

Posted on 2009-03-30
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Hi Experts,

I have code using the Windows Scripting Host Object, to successfully create a desktop shortcut.  However, my problem is populating this shortcut with the correct startup parameters.

The string required in the TARGET field has 2 parameters - an integer, and a code.  I've found that when I create the shortcut, it encapsulates the entire File Path Integer Code in quotes, where as I need either each component in quotes, or no quotes at all (best).

eg.  C:\Users\fredsmith\Projects\HelloWorls\bin\Debug\HellowWorld.exe 3 MAP

Any suggestions out there?

Cheers,
David.
Public Function CreateShortCut(ByVal strName As String, ByVal strTargetDirectory As String, ByVal strTargetPath As String, ByVal strWorkingDir As String, ByVal strIconFile As String, ByVal strBatch As String) As clsResult
 
        Dim wshShell As New WshShell
        Dim desktop As String = My.Computer.FileSystem.SpecialDirectories.Desktop
        'Dim desktop As String = wshShell.SpecialFolders.Item("Desktop").ToString()
 
        Dim shortcut As IWshShortcut = CType(wshShell.CreateShortcut(desktop & "\" & strName.ToString & ".lnk"), IWshShortcut)
        With shortcut
            .TargetPath = strTargetPath.Replace(Chr(34), String.Empty)
            .WorkingDirectory = strWorkingDir
            .IconLocation = strIconFile
            .WindowStyle = 1
            .Description = "Ripteq Automation Task for Batch: " & strBatch
            .Save()
 
        End With
 
    End Function

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try setting .arguments instead of passing it into target path

eg

    Public Function CreateShortCut(ByVal strName As String, _
                                    ByVal strTargetDirectory As String, _
                                    ByVal strTargetPath As String, _
                                    ByVal strArguments As String, _
                                    ByVal strWorkingDir As String, _
                                    ByVal strIconFile As String, _
                                    ByVal strBatch As String) As clsResult

        Dim wshShell As New WshShell()
        Dim desktop As String = My.Computer.FileSystem.SpecialDirectories.Desktop
        'Dim desktop As String = wshShell.SpecialFolders.Item("Desktop").ToString()

        Dim shortcut As IWshShortcut = CType(wshShell.CreateShortcut(desktop & "\" & strName.ToString & ".lnk"), IWshShortcut)
        With shortcut
            .TargetPath = strTargetPath
            .Arguments = strArguments
            .WorkingDirectory = strWorkingDir
            .IconLocation = strIconFile
            .WindowStyle = 1
            .Description = "Ripteq Automation Task for Batch: " & strBatch
            .Save()

        End With

    End Function



So now pass in C:\Users\fredsmith\Projects\HelloWorls\bin\Debug\HellowWorld.exe in the target path as 3 MAP as arguments


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by:darcher23
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Thanks rockiroads .... Works like a charm!
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Cool :)
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