15.8. Create a Shortcut on the Desktop or Start Menu

Problem

You need to create a shortcut on the user's Windows desktop or Start menu.

Solution

Use COM Interop to access the functionality of the Windows Script Host. Create and configure an IWshShortcut instance that represents the shortcut. The folder in which you save the shortcut determines whether it appears on the desktop or in the Start menu.

How It Works

The .NET Framework class library does not include the functionality to create desktop or Start menu shortcuts; however, this is relatively easy to do using the Windows Script Host component accessed through COM Interop. Chapter 13 describes how to create an interop assembly that provides access to a COM component. If you are using Visual ...

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