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Changing an icon in runtime (for a shortcut on the Quick Launch toolbar)

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How could my au3 script change the displayed icon for a shortcut? I do NOT mean to modify the compiled file (.exe), no.

Actually, I have a very simple autoit script that mutes/sounds the master volume. The .au3 file is located on My documents, but I've created a shortcut on the Quick Launch toolbar. Once there, I've set up the icon manually to let it look like a speaker.

Now, what I desire is to swap the icon from "sound speaker" to "mute speaker" depending on the current master volume status (i.e. every time I click on the shortcut).

To accomplish this, I need to tweak somehow the "shortcut file". Any clue? Thanks.

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Not exactally what you're looking for, but why go the hard way :)? Instead of indicating the state in the Quicklaunch Bar indicate it in the system-tray, easy to implement

#Include <Constants.au3>

Opt("TrayMenuMode",1)   ; Default tray menu items (Script Paused/Exit) will not be shown.

$exititem       = TrayCreateItem("Exit")


$start = 0
While 1
    $msg = TrayGetMsg()
    If $msg = $exititem Then ExitLoop
    $diff = TimerDiff($start)
    If $diff > 1000 Then
        $num = -Random(0,100,1) ; negative to use ordinal numbering
        ToolTip("#icon=" & $num)
        $start = TimerInit()


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Not very elegant, but it works.

Const $shortcut = "whatever the location to my shortcut is"
Const $soundSpeaker = 2
Const $muteSpeaker = 3
Dim $actualIcon

; mutes/sounds the master volume

; gets the shortcut properties
$details = FileGetShortcut($shortcut)

; swaps the icon
If $details[5] = $soundSpeaker Then
    $actualIcon = $muteSpeaker
    $actualIcon = $soundSpeaker

; replace the current shortcut with the proper icon
FileCreateShortcut($details[0], $shortcut, $details[1], $details[2], $details[3], $details[4], "", $actualIcon, $details[6])

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