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Chapter 31. Distributing Your Application > Creating an Application Shortcut

Creating an Application Shortcut

When you’re all done, you might need to create a way for users to easily start your application. If your users all have a copy of Access, you could give them your database application files and simply instruct them to open the appropriate file. But what if you’ve secured your database, requiring the user to be a member of a specific workgroup? What if the user doesn’t have Access, so you have to set them up to execute your application with the runtime version of Access? What if you want to also define certain utility functions that the user might need to execute from time to time? The answer is to create a shortcut.

You use shortcuts all the time in Windows to start programs on your computer. When you install an application on your computer, the setup program usually creates a shortcut that it adds to your Start menu. Some setup programs also add a shortcut on your desktop. The icon for a shortcut on your desktop has a small white box in the lower left corner with an arrow in it. You can right-click a shortcut and choose Properties from the shortcut menu to see the definition of the shortcut.


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