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Extracting an Icon and Placing It On The Desktop (C# Language)

Extracting an Icon and Placing It On The Desktop (C# Language)

I constructed a suite of programs in C++ several years ago that handle my
financial portfolio, and now I have converted them to C#. The only
significant problem that I have encountered in the conversion is this one -
extracting an icon from the 'KTEntryPoint' program into the software suite
and placing that icon on the PC Desktop.

I found this icon extractor in

// Summary description for ShellIcon. Get a small or large Icon with an

// C# function call. Source: Alternative Managed API #1:

// http://pinvoke.net/default.aspx/shell32.SHGetFileInfo.

// Use either GetSmallIcon(string fileName) or GetLargeIcon(string

#region Using directives

using System;

using System.Collections.Generic;

using System.ComponentModel;

using System.Data;

using System.Drawing;

using System.Windows.Forms;


namespace AutoIconToDesktop // Trial program (local).


partial class Form1 : Form


public IntPtr LargeIconHandle; // Local add

public Form1()

{ InitializeComponent();

LargeIconHandle =

// Now how do I put this 'large icon'
onto the Desktop, in a persistent location?



public class ShellIcon



public struct SHFILEINFO

{ public IntPtr hIcon;

public IntPtr iIcon;

public unit dwAttributes;

SizeConst = 260)]

public string szDisplayName;

SizeConst = 80)]

public string szTypeName;

}; // End of structure.

class Win32

{ public const uint SHGFI_ICON = 0x100;

public const uint SHGFI_LARGEICON = 0x0;
// Large icon.

public const uint SHGFI_SMALLICON = 0x1;
// Small icon.


public static extern IntPtr

pszPath, uint dwFileAttributes, ref SHFILEINFO psfi,

uint cbSizeFileInfo, uint


public ShellIcon()

{ //

// TODO: Add constructor logic here.



public static Icon GetSmallIcon(string fileName)

{ IntPtr hImgSmall; // The handle to the system
image list.


// Use this to get the small Icon.

hImgSmall =
win32.SHGetFileInfo(fileName, 0, ref shinfo,

win32.SHGFI_ICON |


// The icon is returned in the hIcon
member of the shinfo struct.




public static Icon GetLargeIcon(string fileName)

{ IntPtr hImgLarge; // Handle to the system image


// Use this to get the large Icon.

hImgLarge =
win32.SHGetFileInfo(filename, 0, ref shinfo,

win32.SHGFI_ICON |


// The icon is returned in the hIcon
member of the shinfo struct.






Shobjidl, April 2003 (Borland + MS C++)

This is the code we placed in a Borland program in 2003 to take an icon out
of an executable program named 'KTEntryPoint' and install it on the Desktop
(Operating system was Windows 2000; machine is a Compaq PC) Current
operating system is 'XP'; machine is a Compaq PC:

KT002: #include <vcl.h>

KT003: #pragma hrdstop

KT004: #include 'Unit1.h"

KT005: #include <shobjidl.h>

KT006: #include<stdio.h>

// The next 26 lines of code are provided by Microsoft:

KT007: HRESULT CreateLink(LPCSTR lpszPathObj, LPSTR lpszPathLink, LPSTR

KT008: {

KT009: HRESULT hres;

KT010: IShellLink* psl;

KT011: // Get a pointer to the IShellLink interface.

KT012: hres = CoCreateInstance((_GUID)CLSID_ShellLink, Null,


(_GUID)IID_IShellLink, (void**)&psl);

KT013: if (SUCCEEDED(hres))

KT014: {IPersistFile* ppf;

KT015: // Set the path to the shortcut target, and add the

KT016: psl->SetPath(lpszPathObj);

KT017: psl->SetDescription(lpszDesc);

KT018: // Querry IShellLink for the IPersistFile interface for saving
the shortcut

KT019: // in persistent storage.

KT020: hres = psl->QueryInterface((_GUID)IID_IPersistFile,

KT021: if (SUCCEEDED(hres))

KT022: {WORD wsz[MAX_PATH];

KT023: // Ensure that the string is ANSI.

KT024: MultiByteToWideChar(CP_ACP, 0, lpszPatrhLink, -1,
(wchar_t*)wsz, MAX_PATH);

KT025 // Save the link by calling IPersistFile::Save.

KT026: hres = ppf->Save((wchar_t*) wsz, TRUE);

KT027: ppf->Release();

KT028: }

KT029: psl->Release();

KT030: }

KT031: return hres;

KT032: }

// End of Microsoft code.


KT034: #pragma package(smart_init)

KT035: #pragma resource "*.dfm"

KT036: TForm1 *Form1;

KT115: // All files copied from floppy to 'Program Files\\KT'. Now
create the project icon

// on the Desktop.

KT116: CoInitialize(NULL);

KT117: CreateLink("C:\\Program Files\\KT\\KTEntryPoint.exe",

"C:\\Documents and Settings\\All

"Keeping Track");

KT118: CoUnitialize();

KT119: Label1->Caption =

"All files written to 'C:\\Program Files\KT' and KT
Icon placed on Desktop.";
Nov 17 '05 #1
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Try to make your post, let's say, 8 pages shorter, and maybe someone will
find time to read and answer ;-)
Nov 17 '05 #2

Based on my understanding, you wants to create a shortcut for certain exe
file in C#.
If so, here is a link for you reference.


Best regards,

Peter Huang
Microsoft Online Partner Support

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