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Author Topic: Steam URL Converter  (Read 9526 times)

skwire

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Steam URL Converter
« on: March 24, 2011, 12:10:11 AM »
Name Steam URL Converter
Short Description Steam allows you to create shortcuts on your desktop to launch games.  However, these shortcuts are not standard Windows .LNK files.  They are .URL files and, sometimes, they don't show the proper icon for the intended game even if the .URL file contains the correct information.  This app tries to solve the issue by converting the .URL shortcut into a .LNK shortcut.  Simply drag the .URL file onto the SteamURLConverter.exe file and it will immediately create a .LNK file in the same folder as the .URL file.
Supported OSes All Windows
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Author Jody Holmes - Skwire Empire
Credits Special thanks to lanux128 for the original idea.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2013, 11:27:12 PM by skwire »

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Re: Steam URL Converter
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011, 05:10:43 AM »
thanks to skwire for this tool. :up:

the Steam shortcuts are a bit wonky on my PC, they always get the IE's globe icon instead of the actual icon. this tool helps to fix that, also it's easier to input command-line parameters on an .lnk file than an .url one. :)

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Re: Steam URL Converter
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 08:45:26 AM »
This is extremely convenient!  NICE!  Thanks so much.
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Re: Steam URL Converter
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2011, 02:48:58 PM »
Nice idea for a tool!  One of my quirks with the way Steam modified the lnk files into their new format has been a bugger for me.  I am excited to find this tool.

Thanks.!

I am going to test this one out tonight.

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Re: Steam URL Converter
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2011, 03:15:06 PM »
Great.  Let me know what the results are.  =]

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Re: Steam URL Converter
« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2014, 12:30:57 AM »
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v1.0.2 - 2014-11-07
    + Added a "Remove Send to... shortcut" button.  (Thanks, Valentin)

v1.0.1 - 2013-12-23
    * Changed up initial interface seen when launching the SteamURLConverter and
      added a button which will add a shortcut to your "Send to..." folder.

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Re: Steam URL Converter
« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2015, 12:02:26 PM »
Short Description Steam allows you to create shortcuts on your desktop to launch games.  However, these shortcuts are not standard Windows .LNK files.  They are .URL files and, sometimes, they don't show the proper icon for the intended game even if the .URL file contains the correct information.  This app tries to solve the issue by converting the .URL shortcut into a .LNK shortcut.  Simply drag the .URL file onto the SteamURLConverter.exe file and it will immediately create a .LNK file in the same folder as the .URL file.
Supported OSes All Windows

I have just tried it (Win7) but does work partially ONLY; it creates the Shortcut, but if I double click it,
nothing happenes (System Explorer showes me that Steam gets started) bat that is it, th egame won't start!  :(

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Re: Steam URL Converter
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2015, 12:19:47 PM »
Works here for me using W7/64 Ultimate.  The account I use has administrator rights and UAC is set to "Never notify" (if that matters).

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Re: Steam URL Converter
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2015, 12:24:17 PM »
Works here for me using W7/64 Ultimate.  The account I use has administrator rights and UAC is set to "Never notify" (if that matters).

I might try that too.
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Re: Steam URL Converter
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2015, 01:08:50 AM »
For what it's worth, it appears to work on my Win7 setup. I also noticed you can bulk select a whole group of shortcuts, and use the tool on them all in one hit!

Very well done. I only have a hundred or so games, and I wasn't looking forward to doing this s**t manually, so I can't imagine how it'd be for anyone with more then that. Why the hell don't steam do it like this to begin with!?

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Re: Steam URL Converter
« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2015, 09:49:38 AM »
Hi, MrZoolook, and welcome to the DonationCoder site.   :)

For what it's worth, it appears to work on my Win7 setup. I also noticed you can bulk select a whole group of shortcuts, and use the tool on them all in one hit!

It's nice when a plan comes together, eh?

Very well done. I only have a hundred or so games, and I wasn't looking forward to doing this s**t manually, so I can't imagine how it'd be for anyone with more then that. Why the hell don't steam do it like this to begin with!?

Well, I think it has to do with the fact that using the URL format is supposed to be just that, universal.  This means they can use this format on different platforms (Linux and Mac) without much internal code differences.  That is, I don't think that Linux and Mac support Windows LNK files.