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Language: VB4,VB5,VB6
Expertise: Intermediate
Jan 22, 2000



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Create an Internet shortcut

Unlike regular LNK shortcut, which contain data in binary file, Internet shortcut files are just text files in this format:

Thus it is simple to programmatically create an Internet shortcut that, when double-clicked, will load the default browser and have it point to the specified URL. Here is a reusable routine that does it all:

' Create an internet shortcut
' when double-clicked, this shortcut will
' load the default browser and point it to
' the specified URL page

Sub CreateInternetShortcut(ByVal FileName As String, ByVal URL As String)
    Dim fnum As Integer
    ' an Internet shortcut is just a two-line text file
    fnum = FreeFile
    Open FileName For Output As #fnum
    Print #fnum, "[InternetShortcut]"
    Print #fnum, "URL=" & URL
    Close #fnum

End Sub

Francesco Balena
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