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Opening Printers Folder when NAL is Shell

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By John Benton

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Posted: 23 Dec 2002

I've come up with a way to open the Printers folder when using NAL as the shell.

Our environment is WIN2K and ZEN3. We are using system policies to launch NAL as the shell. I tried all of the other suggestions on this site to open the Printers folder from a NAL icon, but they all invoked explorer.exe before opening the folder.

Then I noticed that I could create a Favorite to the Printers folder in Internet Explorer. I copied down the value given to that link in my Favorites list and created a NAL object that used IEXPLORE.EXE and that value in the "Environment Variables" field. Works like a charm! Two years of tearing my hair out is over! Here's the value for the Printers folder: (please use all characters shown)


Copy and paste the above value to the "Environment Variables" section of your application object which calls IEXPLORE.EXE. That's it!

If you have any questions you may contact John at

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Pascal Chatagner

Here is another tip to open the Printers folder when NAL is shell.

Create an Application Object as follows (for Win 2000):

Path to executable: %WINDIR%\SYSTEM32\Rundll32.exe
command line parameter: shell32.dll,SHHelpShortcuts_RunDLL PrintersFolder

That's it.

If you have any questions you may contact Pascal at

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