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LNKEditorGUI - Windows Shortcut LNK Link Editor GUI

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Scenario: Editing .lnk shortcuts with the Windows dialog is very frustrating due to the small input boxes and non-resizable small dialog window. Very often you need to create a link with a long path and many arguments which becomes hard to see and make edits.
Solution: LNKEditorGUI is a resizable and easy to use creator and editor of LNK Windows Shortcut files. This GUI uses built-in AutoIt functions FileGetShortcut() and FileCreateShortcut() to read and write .lnk files. A nice and big (and resizable) GUI is presented with which the user can easily edit and create LNK shortcuts with. A command line argument is accepted and the GUI will automatically open the first file passed to it as an argument allowing for easy association on the right-click menu (see .lnk file right-click context menu registry association example below).
Reg Script Use a Registry Script such as following to create a right-click menu entry for LnkEditorGUI for .lnk files.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


@="\"C:\\Program Files\\LNKEditorGUI.exe\" \"%1\""

LNKEditorGUI.au3 Code:

#include <WindowsConstants.au3>
#include <StaticConstants.au3>
#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <EditConstants.au3>
#include <ComboConstants.au3>
#include <GuiStatusBar.au3>
#include <Timers.au3>
#include <Array.au3>

Opt("GUIOnEventMode", 1)

Global Const $CmbWinstateNorm = @SW_SHOWNORMAL & " - Normal Window"
Global Const $CmbWinstateMin = @SW_SHOWMINNOACTIVE & " - Minimized"
Global Const $CmbWinstateMax = @SW_SHOWMAXIMIZED & " - Maximized"

#region - GUI

$GUI = GUICreate("LNKEditorGUI - Windows Shortcut LNK File Editor", 800, 640, -1, -1, BitOr($GUI_SS_DEFAULT_GUI,$WS_MAXIMIZEBOX,$WS_SIZEBOX ), $WS_EX_ACCEPTFILES)
GUISetOnEvent($GUI_EVENT_CLOSE, '_exit')
GUISetOnEvent($GUI_EVENT_DROPPED, "On_Drop_InFilename")

$Status = _GUICtrlStatusBar_Create($GUI)

GUICtrlCreateLabel("File:", 4, 6, 36, 24)
$inFilename = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 36, 4, 672, 24)

$btBrowseForFile = GUICtrlCreateButton("Browse...", 712, 4, 84, 24)
GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, '_btBrowseForFile')

$btOpenFile = GUICtrlCreateButton("Load LNK File", 20, 32, 370, 28)
GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, '_btOpenFile')
GUICtrlSetResizing($btOpenFile, $GUI_DOCKLEFT)

$btSaveFile = GUICtrlCreateButton("Save LNK File", 410, 34, 370, 28)
GUICtrlSetOnEvent(-1, '_btSaveFile')
GUICtrlSetResizing($btSaveFile, $GUI_DOCKRIGHT)

GUICtrlCreateLabel("Target EXE", 4, 80, 172, 24)
$inTargetEXE = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 4, 104, 792, 24)

GUICtrlCreateLabel("Target Arguments", 4, 148, 172, 24)
$editTargetArgs = GUICtrlCreateEdit("", 4, 172, 792, 96, $ES_MULTILINE)

GUICtrlCreateLabel("Working Dir", 4, 288, 172, 24)
$inWorkingDir = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 4, 312, 792, 24)

GUICtrlCreateLabel("Window State", 4, 356, 172, 24)
$cmbWindowState = GUICtrlCreateCombo("", 4, 380, 792, 24, $CBS_DROPDOWNLIST)
GUICtrlSetData(-1, $CmbWinstateNorm & "|" & $CmbWinstateMin & "|" & $CmbWinstateMax, $CmbWinstateNorm) ; add other item snd set a new default

GUICtrlCreateLabel("Icon File", 4, 424, 172, 24)
$inIconFile = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 4, 448, 650, 24)

GUICtrlCreateLabel("Icon Index", 680, 424, 172, 24)
$inIconIndex = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 674, 448, 112, 24)

GUICtrlCreateLabel("Comment", 4, 492, 172, 24)
$editComment = GUICtrlCreateEdit("", 4, 516, 792, 96, $ES_MULTILINE)


#endregion - GUI

If $CmdLine[0] > 0 Then
    GUICtrlSetData($inFilename, $CmdLine[1])

While 1

Func StatusBarNotify($msg)
        _GUICtrlStatusBar_SetText($Status, $msg)
        _Timer_SetTimer($GUI, 5000, "_ClearStatusBar")

Func _ClearStatusBar($hWnd, $msg, $iIDTimer, $dwTime)
    #forceref $hWnd, $msg, $iIDTimer, $dwTime
    _GUICtrlStatusBar_SetText($Status, "")
    _Timer_KillTimer($hWnd, $iIDTimer)

Func _btBrowseForFile()
    Local $var = FileSaveDialog("Choose a LNK File Name", "D:\", "LNK Shortcuts (*.lnk)", 2) ; option 2 = dialog remains until valid path/file selected
    If @error Then
        ;MsgBox(4096, "", "No File(s) chosen")
        $var = StringReplace($var, "|", @CRLF)
        GUICtrlSetData($inFilename, $var)

Func On_Drop_InFilename()
    If ( (@GUI_DropId = $inFilename) OR (@GUI_DropId = $inTargetEXE) ) Then
        GUICtrlSetData(@GUI_DropId, @GUI_DragFile)
    If ( (@GUI_DropId = $inFilename) AND (@GUI_DragFile <> "") ) Then

Func _btOpenFile()

    Local $filename = GUICtrlRead($inFilename)
    If $filename = "" Then
        ;$filename = GUICtrlRead($inFilename)
        StatusBarNotify("ERROR: Trying to open file but no file specified.")
        MsgBox(0,"ERROR","Trying to open file but no file specified.")

Func OpenFile($filename)
    Local $lnkArray = FileGetShortcut($filename)
    If Not @error Then
        StatusBarNotify("ERROR: Unable to open file.")
        MsgBox(0,"ERROR","Unable to open file, please check the file name.")
    GUICtrlSetData($inTargetEXE, $lnkArray[0])
    GUICtrlSetData($editTargetArgs, $lnkArray[2])
    GUICtrlSetData($inWorkingDir, $lnkArray[1])
    GUICtrlSetData($inIconFile, $lnkArray[4])
    GUICtrlSetData($inIconIndex, $lnkArray[5])
    GUICtrlSetData($editComment, $lnkArray[3])
    If($lnkArray[6] = @SW_SHOWNORMAL) Then
        GUICtrlSetData($cmbWindowState, $CmbWinstateNorm)
    ElseIf($lnkArray[6] = @SW_SHOWMINNOACTIVE) Then
        GUICtrlSetData($cmbWindowState, $CmbWinstateMin)
    ElseIf($lnkArray[6] = @SW_SHOWMAXIMIZED) Then
        GUICtrlSetData($cmbWindowState, $CmbWinstateMax)
    StatusBarNotify("Successfully loaded file: " & $filename)

Func _btSaveFile()

    $filename = GUICtrlRead($inFilename)
    If $filename = "" Then
        StatusBarNotify("ERROR: Trying to save but no file name specified.")
        MsgBox(0,"ERROR","Trying to save but no file name specified.")

    Local $WinStateToWrite
    Switch GuiCtrlRead($cmbWindowState)
        Case $CmbWinstateNorm
            $WinStateToWrite = @SW_SHOWNORMAL
        Case $CmbWinstateMin
            $WinStateToWrite = @SW_SHOWMINNOACTIVE
        Case $CmbWinstateMax
            $WinStateToWrite = @SW_SHOWMAXIMIZED
        Case Else
            $WinStateToWrite = @SW_SHOWNORMAL

    $saveResult = FileCreateShortcut(GuiCtrlRead($inTargetEXE), $filename, GuiCtrlRead($inWorkingDir), GuiCtrlRead($editTargetArgs), GuiCtrlRead($editComment), GuiCtrlRead($inIconFile), "", GuiCtrlRead($inIconIndex), $WinStateToWrite)
    If($saveResult) Then
        StatusBarNotify("Successfully saved file to: " & $filename)
        StatusBarNotify("ERROR: Unable to save file, please check the file name and values.")
        MsgBox(0,"ERROR","Unable to save file, please check the file name and values.")


Func _exit()

Edited by Jon

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FYI - this tool is very good with and was inspired by my use of hstart. Highly recommended:

For example, with hstart.exe you can launch multiple BAT files or EXE commands to run in parallel and without showing console with the /NOCONSOLE command, for example, this launches 3 batch files with multiple arguments (and without ever showing any windows):

hstart.exe /NOCONSOLE ""C:\program files\folderblue\processblue.bat" "blue arg 1" "blue arg 2" "blue arg 3"" ""C:\program files\folderred\processred.bat" "red arg 1" "red arg 2" "red arg 3"" ""C:\program files\foldergreen\processgreen.bat" "green arg 1" "green arg 2" "green arg 3""

Notice how this lnk file would get very unwieldy for the Windows edit properties dialog but LNKEditorGUI would handle it with ease.

Edited by robertcollier4

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Nice one!

It's understandable, that this editor only allows editing certain, limited range of LNK properties. The problem is that it removes all other properties form a LNK file. I'm especially focused on console properties, which are removed altogether.

It's easily reproducible: create an LNK file in Windows, set some console properties (custom font, custom colors). Then open the LNK file in LNKEditorGUI and save it. The console properties are now gone, you can easily see this by editing the LNK again in Windows.

Could this be fixed?

Also, could the editor be extended to allow edititng of console properties?

Rgds, KT


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trybowski, those settings aren't saved in the shortcut (.LNK) file itself.

Look in the registry at this key:


That key gets updated with each change you make to a shortcut.  Older versions of Windows that emulated DOS used a .PIF file to save extra information.

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Hi, nice app! So, this can be used to create  .lnks via command, ie a context menu entry?

I don't like having to right-click on the Favorites (%sysdrive%users%username%LINKS) icon / whitespace in Explorer's navigation pane...

I've experimented with junctions etc, and it works... but not as well as a DeskLink file would

 [like the Desktop (create shortcut).DeskLink Desklink in Sendto]

Creating .DeskLinks is a bit out of my league... could this be added in?!!?!

Thanks :D

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Hey there.

I'm sorry to up an old thread.

Thanks for your tool.

I would like to know, is there a way (with this actual tool or in another way) to create a shortcut .lnk who could open 2 files ? For example 2 .html files, or 2 .jpeg files ?

I don't want to use a .bat to do that. I want to use a .lnk if it's possible.

Thanks a lot for your feedback and your advices.

Have a good day.



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Thanks for sharing.

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For JonnyHotchkiss and Lilinote, and any others customizing/improving their 'Windows Experience', I came on this web page to find out more about *.lnks, and refresh my memory about how windows uses them. What I wanted to say though was don't forget that you can make your own file-type. It will function exactly how you want and be totally accessible and changeable to you. It can be as simple as a *.txt file with a new made-up extension (like MyLink.luk). I have found that it is better (and sometimes easier) to set up your own control-systems in Windows, keep Windows out of it and you won't tie up Windows by distracting it. For example, I have written Windows-Interface software that runs applications and performs Windows-related functions way faster than explorer, by average, what it takes Windows five seconds to do, my software does in 1 second. For LiliNote, it seems Windows set it up 'one link per LNK', so unless you want to start rewriting system files, you could do what I've done before, make a file that has a list of files to open, you could even include other info AU3 could read, like pictures to go along with media files or documents. I got sick of Windows taking up so much space/time with indexing, file-linking and all the other 'managerial' stuff Windows does. A lot of the times Windows seems to fail/lag at all that anyways. I ended up writing an AU3 'system manager' that would run at start-up, keep a data-base of only the files I would use (not like Windows keeping track of everything numerous times), allowing me to associate my own album art to any media file, perform custom tasks before running a specific app, open certain LNK's or URL's in custom-layout windows, etc. Anyways, back to the 'opening 2 files at once' thing, what you could do is make a file type that contains different headings using an unreserved and unused character, and even add different commands like this:

ThemeLinks.luk (a new link file type *.luk)






The above is an example of a new custom 'LNK', maybe named ThemeLinks.luk, and it is set to "Open With..." MySystemCONT.exe (which is an auto-it exe) which uses "$PassedLUK = $CmdLine[1]" to store the name(and path) of the shortcut passed (in this example '$PassedLUK = "C:\Windows\Desktop\ThemeLinks.luk". MySystemCONT does not even need to sit in the background, whenever a *.luk is opened, Explorer sends the LUK to MySystemCONT.exe, which reads it (looking for the "~" symbol) and performs whatever is listed. I added a ~FilesToDelete for example to also delete a file(if it exists) every time the LUK is opened. You could make any format or process the links however you want. I had a link that would open up all my necessary folders, software and text files for game-programming, even waiting before opening some links.

Just an idea to you guys and others, to think outside of the box, or the Window.

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You can keep building to it, give it a context menu, add it into the Windows registry, it can make custom links to whatever and send those 'shortcuts' to anywhere (even send them online via GMail or upload-script).

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You can keep building to it, give it a context menu, add it into the Windows registry, it can make custom links to whatever and send those 'shortcuts' to anywhere (even send them online via GMail or upload-script).

Just recently, I added Window's ClipBoard monitoring to MySysCONT, so it can divert email SENDTOs, quickly and silently collect a list of url's I copy, and even opening Google Chrome(while keeping it hidden) so I can access the Hangouts Extension when a phone number is copied to the clipboard. The Hangouts extension lets you make a call, but can't be opened unless Chrome is opened first, so until I can find a better way, I use AutoIt to bypass. It can mute/adjust audio before calling, etc.

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