How To Place Shortcut in root of Burn CD
July 28, 2008 10:45 AM   Subscribe

How do you create a shortcut in the root of a burn CD to point to a file inside a folder in that same cd?

I am burning a CD that requires that the index file stay in the same folder as all the files it indexs. I want to be able to create a shortcut in the root of the CD that points to the index.htm so the person I am burning the cd for wont have to go dig for it inthe folder that contains about 300 files.

Any one know how to do this? I have tried but it never seems to work, because most people have their cd as a different drive letter.

posted by cmherskovic to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
Lifehacker linked to an article that suggests doing this sort of thing with a batch file.
posted by jozxyqk at 11:06 AM on July 28, 2008

Instead of a shortcut, how about making your top level file an HTML file with a refresh command that opens a relative URL?
posted by bcwinters at 11:09 AM on July 28, 2008

How are you creating this shortcut? Windows .lnk file? Unfortunately they don't support relative paths, which is what you need here.

What you can do is create a simple index.htm at the root folder to redirect to the proper index file. This has the added bonus of working on all systems.
posted by ghost of a past number at 11:09 AM on July 28, 2008

I agree that a Windows shortcut can't do this.
I'd use something like <iframe src="folder/index.html"> inside an html file in the root directory. I like this better than a meta refresh for no particular reason.
posted by Bokononist at 11:29 AM on July 28, 2008

Response by poster: jozxyqk,

The Lifehacker article is for an exe file shortcut... how do I get it to work with a .htm file?


How do i do that?


I have no idea how to do that with what i need.
posted by cmherskovic at 11:35 AM on July 28, 2008

Try opening a text file and typing in
<html><iframe height="100%" width="100%" src="folder/index.html"></html>
and saving that in the root folder of the CD, of course replacing "folder" with whatever your folder is and "index.html" with your HTML file if it's named something else.
posted by Bokononist at 12:38 PM on July 28, 2008

@Bokononist: ugh! That doesn't redirect to the new page, it just opens it in a fullscreen iframe. Much nicer to make a blank index.htm in your root directory and use a meta redirect: place the following tag in your HEAD section.

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0;url=folder/index.htm">

That will tell the browser to redirect you to the other index file, wherever you want.
posted by katrielalex at 1:21 PM on July 28, 2008

...and I didn't read the whole post. Sorry Bokononist!
posted by katrielalex at 1:22 PM on July 28, 2008

The Lifehacker article also mentioned a simple menu program called PStart, which I think may be a better solution.
posted by yclipse at 6:10 PM on July 28, 2008

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