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Create Printers Folder Shortcut without Explorer

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By Scott Barcroft

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Posted: 18 Apr 2001

Current Version: ZENworks for Desktops 3

I was reading the Main Vault and the Q&A Vault trying to figure out a way to give access to the Printers folder with NAL as the shell, and was noticing that everyone said it couldn't be done without running Explorer. So, I thought I'd let you in on a solution.

If you are using NAL as the shell instead of Explorer, there IS a way to create a shortcut to the Printers folder without running Explorer.

  1. Open My Computer and drag the Printers folder to the desktop.
  2. Windows will prompt you to create a shortcut.
  3. Say Yes.
  4. Then, rename the shortcut (if you want) to just say Printers (instead of Shortcut to Printers).
  5. Copy this to a public directory on your server.
  6. Create an Application and add these two components:
    1. First, on the Identification tab, point the application to AppLoad.exe, (available here on the Downloadables page).
    2. Second, on the Environment tab, paste the location of the shortcut in the command line parameters (f:\updates\printers.lnk). (Assign any other criteria you want (icons, assoc.), but these are the two important parts.)

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