Adding Shortcuts to Windows 95

by James Limm

Adding Shortcuts to Windows 95 Stick a link to your program on the users desktop with this code from James Limm.

If you would like to add a shortcut to your program in the Start Menu, you can use the undocumented API call that is used in the setupkit.


You must declare the following in the declarations section of a project.

Declare Function fCreateShellLink Lib_
"STKIT432.DLL" _
(ByVal lpstrFolderName as String, ByVal_
lpstrLinkName _
as String, ByVal lpstrLinkPath_
as String, ByVal _
lpstrLinkArgs as String) As Long


To add a shortcut to the Start Menu, you call the function with these parameters:

  • Where to place the link in relation to the Programs folder on the Start Menu.
  • Name or Text to appear in the link.
  • Path of the file to link to.
  • Arguments for the file.

For instance, to add a shortcut to the desktop, you would use the following code:

lngResult = fCreateShellLink("....Desktop", _
"Link to my program", "C:\Path\Program.exe","")
This article was originally published on Wednesday Nov 20th 2002
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