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#89665 - 2002-11-28 10:26 AM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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I read your explanation and I need to ask something:
could it be possible for you to have the shortcuts created before hand?
the hardest part is the creation, moving and changing of the property is easy.
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#89666 - 2002-11-28 10:47 AM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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Yes, the shortcuts can be created before hand. Whichever solution is easiest. Copying didn't work for me neither yet. What you said about the link being a folder with a target.lnk and desktop.ini file I discovered also when copying the shortcut through a commandprompt.

Can you tell me how to copy the shortcuts then?

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#89667 - 2002-11-28 10:53 AM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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I'll go for cigarette and get back in five
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#89668 - 2002-11-28 11:10 AM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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need an update again.
do we talk about folder shortcuts or network shortcuts?

if you click somewhere to create a shortcut and make it point to a share, it's a normal folder shortcut, which can be created with that code of mine with little mod.

but if you are asking for network shortcut without ability to click to above folder...
then it's totally different story.
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#89669 - 2002-11-28 11:19 AM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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It's a shortcut that points to a network share, but not that kind you can create by right clicking on your desktop and choose new | shortcut.

Create one through Add network place and compare the shortcuts. A folder shortcut has NO properties like a normal shortcut has. It doesn't have a white arrow in the bottom left corner and it shows no size in the explorer window.

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#89670 - 2002-11-28 11:34 AM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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nope, folder shortcut is all shortcuts pointing to folder.
actually folderitem.

the "folder shortcut" you specified, the one avail in nethood is not clean, or can you create it elsewhere?
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#89671 - 2002-11-28 11:41 AM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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What do you mean exactly by not clean?
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#89672 - 2002-11-29 12:46 AM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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YES!

Copying works when I use XCOPY and a whole string of parameters:

Xcopy /H /K /E /I /O /X

I'll try to work this out first.

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#89673 - 2002-11-29 12:55 AM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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what I mean is that shorcut is shortcut.
the "shortcut" you see in nethood is not a shortcut but mini filesystem.

folder shortcut is created just the same and looks the same as file shortcuts.
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#89674 - 2002-11-28 01:06 PM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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A folder shortcut consists of:
1) A folder
2) A desktop.ini
3) A target.lnk
Indeed a mini filesystem.

You need to copy all three items including their original file attributes. Hence all the switches with xcopy.

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#89675 - 2002-11-28 02:20 PM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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that should not be enough.
adding one new link in nethood should add also a namespace in:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\NetworkNeighborhood
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#89676 - 2002-11-28 04:44 PM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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It is!

I don't want the shortcuts in My network Places, I want them in the folder of their department share.

I've got a working situation now where the shortcuts are copied based on users group membership. And it's working great!

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#89677 - 2002-11-28 05:15 PM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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Well... it works great in explorer and my computer. When you click back in Word of Excel you still end up browsing the network.

Thank you MS for being so consistent...NOT.

I'll go ly down now in the fetal position and cry for a few hours.

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#89678 - 2002-11-28 05:26 PM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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king, didn't I say?

anyway, I've heard the words that it can't be done. don't think so. it's just little harder than one would imagine.
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#89679 - 2002-11-28 05:47 PM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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What about dynamically populating 'My Network Places' instead of a share.
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#89680 - 2002-11-28 05:52 PM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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may I ask what you mean with that dynamical population?
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#89681 - 2002-11-28 08:04 PM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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What I mean is to have a script add or remove links when they logon.
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#89682 - 2002-11-29 07:24 AM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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yes, but how it differs from the stuff we have been trying to do?
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#89683 - 2002-11-29 08:28 AM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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Last night I read this comment of a guy named Registrylord about desktop.ini files:

; -- Desktop.ini + Drivers --
;
; Folder Pointers works like a windows 2000 or xp junction.
; it is a browsable shortcut.
; it has been crippled to only work in the start menu.
; with some hacking it could be force to work else ware.
; Desktop.ini
; [.ShellClassInfo]
; CLSID={FA6C62A0-9FE5-11D2-9E61-444553540000}
; Folder.lnk
; Shortcut to the real folder.
; http:/www.zdnet.com

I've mailed him explaining the problem to ask if this hack could work for my problem. Unfortunately no reply yet.

About dynamically populating My Network Places. We could do that, but the problem stays the same when using Word or Excel to browse.

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#89684 - 2002-11-29 10:20 AM Re: help with creating shortcuts with shellLinkObject
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your desktop.ini looks ok but the clsid is weird...
I've seen it with "clsid2=" only...
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