Create Desktop Shortcut RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am using the below code I found but can not figure out how to enter the value to the shortcut.

    Where do I specify the shortcut location, I have tried FileName but it generated an HRESULT error.

    I simply want to create a desktop shortcut to C:\Windows\notepad.exe (Its actually a different file but this is a common file)

    Imports IWshRuntimeLibrary
    Private Sub CreateShortCut(ByVal FileName As String, ByVal Title As String)
            Dim WshShell As New WshShell
            ' short cut files have a .lnk extension
            Dim shortCut As IWshRuntimeLibrary.IWshShortcut = DirectCast(WshShell.CreateShortcut(FileName, IWshRuntimeLibrary.IWshShortcut)
            ' set the shortcut properties
            With shortCut
                .TargetPath = Application.ExecutablePath
                .WindowStyle = 1I
                .Description = Title
                .WorkingDirectory = Application.StartupPath
                ' the next line gets the first Icon from the executing program
                .IconLocation = Application.ExecutablePath & ", 0"
                .Arguments = String.Empty
                .Save() ' save the shortcut file
            End With
        Catch ex As System.Exception
            MessageBox.Show("Could not create the shortcut" & Environment.NewLine & ex.Message, g_strAppTitleVersion, MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Error)
        End Try
    End Sub

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020 2:35 PM

All replies

  • For example, with Notepad =>

    Dim wshShell As WshShell = New WshShell()
    Dim sShortcut As String = Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.Desktop) & "\Notepad.lnk"
    Dim shortcut As IWshShortcut = CType(wshShell.CreateShortcut(sShortcut), IWshShortcut)
    shortcut.Description = "Notepad Shortcut"
    shortcut.Hotkey = "Ctrl+Shift+N"
    shortcut.IconLocation = "%SystemRoot%\System32\shell32.dll,2"
    shortcut.TargetPath = Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.System) & "\notepad.exe"

    Tuesday, February 4, 2020 3:04 PM
  • Set the TargetPath property to the fully qualified path of your executable, (e.g., "C:\Windows\Notepad.exe"
    Tuesday, February 4, 2020 3:05 PM
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