Create Windows shortcut links to start Mac apps

Discussion in 'Parallels Desktop for Mac Feature Suggestions' started by PeterA23, Dec 11, 2021.

  1. PeterA23

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    It should be possible to create a Windows shortcut (.LNK) in any Windows location from any Mac app.
    For example: Create a shortcut KEYNOTE.LNK in the Windows directory C:\MyData. So when double-clicking KEYNOTE.LNK opens KEYNOTE.APP on Mac.
    In Windows .LNK shortcuts, it is also possible to pass a file as a parameter. This should also be possible with shortcut links to Mac apps.
    I am sure Parallels programmers can do this, as it is also possible to open Mac apps from the Windows Explorer context menu.
     
  2. PeterA23

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    Probably, this will involve:
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Parallels\Parallels Tools\ShellExtentions\PrlToolsShellExt.dll
    Please tell us how we can use PrlToolsShellExt.dll to call shell functions from Windows on Mac.
     
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    Unfortunately, PrlToolsShellExt.dll seems to export only these general functions:
    DllCanUnloadNow
    DllGetClassObject
    DllRegisterServer
    DllUnregisterServer
     
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    prl_uprof.dll exports these functions:

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