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Posted 10 May 2002

Creating and Resolving shell links

, 10 May 2002
An MC++ class that uses IJW to invoke the IShellLink interface
// ShortCut.h

#pragma once

using namespace System;
using namespace System::Runtime::InteropServices;

namespace ShortCutLib
	public __gc class ShortCut
			String* m_filepath;
			String* m_workdir;
			String* m_lnkdesc;
			String* m_lnkpath;

			HRESULT _CreateLink(LPCWSTR FilePath, LPCWSTR LnkPath, LPCWSTR LnkDesc,LPCWSTR WorkDir);
			HRESULT _ResolveLink(LPCWSTR LnkFile, LPWSTR FilePath,LPWSTR LnkDesc,LPWSTR WorkDir);

			__property String* get_FilePath()
				return m_filepath;
			__property void set_FilePath(String *str)
				m_filepath = str;
			__property String* get_WorkDir()
				return m_workdir;
			__property void set_WorkDir(String *str)
				m_workdir = str;
			__property String* get_LnkDesc()
				return m_lnkdesc;
			__property void set_LnkDesc(String *str)
				m_lnkdesc = str;
			__property String* get_LnkPath()
				return m_lnkpath;
			__property void set_LnkPath(String *str)
				m_lnkpath = str;
			bool CreateLink()
				IntPtr strfilepath = Marshal::StringToCoTaskMemUni(FilePath);
				IntPtr strlnkpath = Marshal::StringToCoTaskMemUni(LnkPath);
				IntPtr strlnkdesc = Marshal::StringToCoTaskMemUni(LnkDesc);
				IntPtr strworkdir = Marshal::StringToCoTaskMemUni(WorkDir);
				HRESULT hres = _CreateLink((LPCWSTR)strfilepath.ToPointer(),(LPCWSTR)strlnkpath.ToPointer(),


				return (hres==S_OK);

			bool ResolveLink()
				wchar_t strfilepath[MAX_PATH];
				wchar_t strworkdir[MAX_PATH];
				wchar_t strlnkdesc[INFOTIPSIZE];

				IntPtr strlnkpath = Marshal::StringToCoTaskMemUni(LnkPath);		 
				HRESULT hres = _ResolveLink((LPCWSTR)strlnkpath.ToPointer(),
					strfilepath, strlnkdesc, strworkdir);

				FilePath = strfilepath;
				LnkDesc = strlnkdesc;
				WorkDir = strworkdir;

				return (hres==S_OK);

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Nish Nishant
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Nish Nishant is the Principal Software Architect/Consultant for Ganymede Software Solutions LLC, and is based out of Columbus, Ohio. He has over 17 years of software industry experience in various roles including Lead Software Architect, Principal Software Engineer, and Product Manager. Nish was a Microsoft Visual C++ MVP between 2002 and 2015.

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