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Reading IE favorite shortcut url?

HanMing Low
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Joined: Oct 18, 2001
Posts: 196
I'd like to read the url store in a IE's favorite shortcut.
i.e. the url content of shortcut found under
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Favorites
Would apprecitate anyone can tell me what's the api to do it.
Thanks so much for any advice.

Han Ming
Rowan Brownlee
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Joined: Aug 07, 2000
Posts: 97
Hi HanMing,
I was interested in your question as I've recently been learning about files, streams, urls etc. so it was a chance for some practice.
I'm not sure if the following is what you're after. It gets an array of files ending with "url" from the favorites directory and prints the name of each file to the screen. Then, it loops through the array, stripping out the first line and a bit, creates a URL and tests a couple of the URL class methods.
The final bit reads the html as text from the webpage represented by a URL and writes each line to the screen.

The program doesn't search any subdirectories, and assumes that the structure of each file is identical. (Would be good to have something that kept on stripping characters till it found the start of a protocol string, but this was ok for starters.)
Eg. of a *.url file from the favorites directory.

[This message has been edited by Rowan Brownlee (edited November 26, 2001).]
HanMing Low
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Joined: Oct 18, 2001
Posts: 196
Thanks for the advice.
It's what I'm looking for!!!
Thanks so much.

Han Ming
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