Create a shortcut

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Creating shortcuts in VB is relatively easy with help of the Windows Scripting Shell object. This allows you to create a shortcut at a given path and then set all the properties as you need.

Public Sub CreateShortcut(ByVal Path As String, ByVal Name As String, _
  ByVal Target As String, Optional ByVal Parameters As String = "")
Dim Shell As Object 'WshShell
Dim Shortcut As Object 'WshShortcut

  Set Shell = CreateObject("")
  Set Shortcut = Shell.CreateShortcut(Path & Name & ".lnk")
  Shortcut.TargetPath = Target
  Shortcut.Arguments = Parameters
End Sub

The variables are defined as "Object" because we use late binding, this means you do not need to add a reference and so it is not tied to a specific version of the Windows Scripting Host.

Please note that you can not include command line parameters in the TargetPath property.

See Also

WshShortcut object definition on MSDN