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SHCreateShortcut (coredll)

coredll is for smart devices, not desktop Windows. Therefore, this information only applies to code using the .NET Compact Framework. To see if information for SHCreateShortcut in other DLLs exists, click on Find References to the right.



This function creates a shortcut. A remote application interface (RAPI) version of this function exists, CeSHCreateShortcut (RAPI). (From MSDN.)

C# Signature:

static extern int SHCreateShortcut(StringBuilder szShortcut, StringBuilder szTarget);

VB Signature:

Private Declare Function SHCreateShortcut% Lib "coredll" (ByVal szShortcut As System.Text.StringBuilder, ByVal szTarget As System.Text.StringBuilder)!!!!User-Defined Types:


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It seems szTarget should start and end with a double-quote if it contains spaces -- so, you should always quote it. szShortcut should end with ".lnk".

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Sample Code:

    /** Put a shortcut to Program Files\Foo\Foo.exe in Windows\Start Menu\Programs **/

    static extern int SHGetSpecialFolderPath(IntPtr hwndOwner, StringBuilder lpszPath, int nFolder, int fCreate);
    static extern int SHCreateShortcut(StringBuilder szShortcut, StringBuilder szTarget);

    const int CSIDL_PROGRAMS = 2;  // \Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    // Get location of "Programs" folder
    StringBuilder programs = new StringBuilder(255);
    SHGetSpecialFolderPath((IntPtr)0, programs, PlatformUtil.CSIDL_PROGRAMS, 0);

    StringBuilder shortcutLocation = new StringBuilder(Path.Combine(programs.ToString(), "Foo.lnk");
    // Note that we quote the path
    StringBuilder shortcutTarget = new StringBuilder("\"" + @"\Program Files\Foo\Foo.exe" + "\"");
    bool rv = PlatformUtil.SHCreateShortcut(shortcutLocation, shortcutTarget);


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