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Since the Windows Installer service does not directly support Internet shortcuts, it’s not possible to create a shortcut to a URL in the Shortcuts/Folder view of the IDE.

However, an Internet shortcut is only a text file with the .url extension. You can create an Internet shortcut on the user’s machine by installing a .url file with the appropriate contents.

For example, to create an Internet shortcut that launches the InstallShield web site, create a text file called InstallShield.url with the following contents:

You can place this file in a component and install it as you would install any other type of file. When the user launches the file, the URL you specify will open in the user’s default browser.

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Plus, because a .url file is in the format of an INI file, you can use the INI File Changes view of the IDE to create the file and modify its contents dynamically.

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