This document is a reference for the commands that can be used in an Autorun.inf file.
The defaulticon command specifies an absolute path on the compact disc to the file that contains an icon for the application.
The icon represents the AutoPlay-enabled CD in the Microsoft(r) Windows(r) user interface. For instance, in Windows Explorer, the CD-ROM will have this icon instead of the standard drive icon. If both the icon and defaulticon commands are present in an Autorun.inf file, AutoPlay uses the icon specified by defaulticon.
The icon command specifies an icon which represents the AutoPlay-enabled CD in the Windows user interface.
The icon's file must be in the same directory as the file specified by the open command. If both the icon and defaulticon commands are present in an Autorun.inf file, AutoPlay uses the icon specified by defaulticon.
The following example specifies the second icon in the MyProg.exe file.
The open command specifies the path and file name of the application that AutoPlay runs when a user inserts the disc in a CD-ROM drive.
open=[exepath\]exefile [param1 [param2] ..]
See Tips for Writing AutoPlay Startup Applications for further discussion of startup applications.
The shell command specifies a default command for the CD-ROM's context menu.
When a user right-clicks the CD-ROM icon, a context menu will appear. If an Autorun.inf file is present, the default context menu command is taken from it. This command is also executed when the user double-clicks the drive's icon.
To specify the default context menu command, first define its verb, command string, and menu text with shell/verb. Then use shell to make it the default context menu command. Otherwise, the default menu item text will be "AutoPlay", which will launch the application specified by the open command.
The shell\verb command adds a custom command to the CD-ROM's context menu.
When a user right-clicks the CD-ROM icon, a context menu will appear. Adding shell/verb commands to the CD-ROM's Autorun.inf file allows you to add commands to this context menu.
There are two parts to this command, which must be on separate lines. The first part is shell/verb/command, and is required. It associates a string, called a verb, with the application to be launched when the command is run. The second part is the shell/verb command, and is optional. It can be included to specify the text that is displayed in the context menu.
To specify a default context menu command, define the verb with shell/verb, and make it the default command with shell.
The following sample Autorun.inf fragment associates the readit verb with the command string "Notepad abc\readme.txt". The menu text is "Read Me", and 'M' is defined as the item's shortcut key. When the user selects this command, the CD-ROM's abc\readme.txt file will be opened with Notepad.
shell\readit\command=notepad abc\readme.txt shell\readit=Read &Me