[Tutor] making a shortcut in windows

Garry Willgoose Garry.Willgoose at newcastle.edu.au
Tue Sep 4 15:10:19 CEST 2012


I actually just want the functionality of a shortcut so that I can put an icon on the desktop. symlink allows that in Unix (and a few other capabilities that I'm not that intersted in) and just want something equivalent to the menu item for making a shortcut in Windows. 

> On 4 September 2012 02:57, Garry Willgoose <Garry.Willgoose at newcastle.edu.au> wrote:
> I want to put a shortcut onto the desktop in windows (XP and later) in Python 2.6 or later. In Unix its easy using os.symlink but I can't find anything equivalent for windows. My searches on the web led me to the code below but the code returns the error
> AttributeError: function 'CreateSymbolicLinkW' not found
> so does anybody have any suggestions?
> Are you really trying to create a symbolic link? Note that this is not the same thing as a 'shortcut' in Windows. If you say why you want the shortcut someone may be able to help you find another way of doing what you want.
> Oscar

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