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Windows shortcut files are a little more useful than I thought

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But only a little. I create shortcuts using VBA all the time and - up till now - I thought that the only extra field which was possible to display information about the target was “Description”, so I was surprised to see a shortcut which I created manually (just in Windows Explorer) showing the title field from the target file.

Unfortunately this only worked for the title field (the subject field stayed blank) but it seemed like something I could work with if I could get to do the same when creating shortcuts with VBA, but the title stays blank when creating .lnk files that way.

Another thing I noticed was that this title field WASN’T dynamic - if I changed the title in the target file then the title shown for the shortcut file stayed the same as it was when I created it, though that’s not a problem for me… just something I noted.

After more testing it seems that this “feature” is not available in Windows XP (neither creating or viewing of the title field is available in XP - I created a shortcut in XP Windows Explorer but there was no title field visible when using Windows 7 Explorer to view the same shortcut).

Here’s the proof of it working in Windows 7… the question I’m trying to answer is, is there any way to get the title of the target file when creating shortcuts using VBA? It must be stored somewhere - how does creating a shortcut from Windows Explorer differ from creating on using VBA?

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