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SHParseDisplayName (shell32)
Translates a Shell namespace object's display name into an item identifier list and returns the attributes of the object. This function is the preferred method to convert a string to a pointer to an item identifier list (PIDL).

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[DllImport("shell32.dll", SetLastError=true)]
static extern TODO SHParseDisplayName(TODO);

VB Signature:

Declare Function SHParseDisplayName Lib "shell32.dll" (ByVal pszName As Long, Optional ByVal pbc As Long, Optional ByRef ppidl As Long, Optional ByVal sfgaoIn As Long, Optional ByRef psfgaoOut As Long) As Long

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