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How to create Windows shortcut (C#)

1. First of all, add reference to Windows Script Host Object model:

Add Reference to Windows Script Host Object Model

2. Add Namespace:

// Add namespace reference:
using IWshRuntimeLibrary;

3. Add the code below to your App. Note: I didn't assign all IWshShortcut properties just mostly used so please check all properties by yourself.

/// <summary>
/// Create Windows Shorcut
/// </summary>
/// <param name="SourceFile">A file you want to make shortcut to</param>
/// <param name="ShortcutFile">Path and shorcut file name including file extension (.lnk)</param>
public void CreateShortcut(string SourceFile, string ShortcutFile)
{
   CreateShortcut(SourceFile, ShortcutFile, null, null, null, null);
}

/// <summary>
/// Create Windows Shorcut
/// </summary>
/// <param name="SourceFile">A file you want to make shortcut to</param>
/// <param name="ShortcutFile">Path and shorcut file name including file extension (.lnk)</param>
/// <param name="Description">Shortcut description</param>
/// <param name="Arguments">Command line arguments</param>
/// <param name="HotKey">Shortcut hot key as a string, for example "Ctrl+F"</param>
/// <param name="WorkingDirectory">"Start in" shorcut parameter</param>
public void CreateShortcut(string SourceFile, string ShortcutFile, string Description,
   string Arguments, string HotKey, string WorkingDirectory)
{
   // Check necessary parameters first:
    if (String.IsNullOrEmpty(SourceFile))
       throw new ArgumentNullException("SourceFile");
   if (String.IsNullOrEmpty(ShortcutFile))
       throw new ArgumentNullException("ShortcutFile");

   // Create WshShellClass instance:
    WshShellClass wshShell = new WshShellClass();

   // Create shortcut object:
    IWshRuntimeLibrary.IWshShortcut shorcut = (IWshRuntimeLibrary.IWshShortcut)wshShell.CreateShortcut(ShortcutFile);

   // Assign shortcut properties:
    shorcut.TargetPath = SourceFile;
   shorcut.Description = Description;
   if(!String.IsNullOrEmpty(Arguments))
       shorcut.Arguments = Arguments;
   if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(HotKey))
       shorcut.Hotkey = HotKey;
   if (!String.IsNullOrEmpty(WorkingDirectory))
       shorcut.WorkingDirectory = WorkingDirectory;

   // Save the shortcut:
    shorcut.Save();
}

4. And here is how to call function you just added:

// Make sure you use try/catch block because your App may has no permissions on the target path!
try
{
   CreateShortcut(@"C:\MySourceFile.exe", @"C:\MyShortcutFile.lnk", 
       "Custom Shortcut", "/param", "Ctrl+F", @"c:\");
}
catch (Exception ex)
{
   MessageBox.Show(ex.Message);
}

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