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Need help with finding file with latest time stamp, open, then print

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How come this code does not work?

The text box displays the correct path and file. I can also place the exact path and file into the the same varaible and it works.

Please help.



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Welcome to the Autoit forum. :mellow:

A good start - some code to work on and a clear question. I wish some other newcomers would do the same.

2 problems with the code as it stands:

1. You have the wrong syntax for ShellExecute. Look carefully at the second Help file example - you need:

ShellExecute($sFileToPrint, "" , "C:\Program Files\AutoIt3\Examples", "open")

2. You have a @CRLF at the end of the filename you get from DOS which is confusing AutoIt. You need to strip that with StringStripWS before passing the string to the print function:

Local $sFileToPrint = $sPath & StringStripWS($sLastFile, 3)

Top Tip: Always use ConsoleWrite with leading and trailing characters on a recalcitrant filename to check if there is unwanted whitespace - like this:

$Correct = "C:\Program Files\AutoIt3\Examples\_ReadMe_.txt"
ConsoleWrite("-" & $sFileToPrint & "-" & @CRLF & "-" & $Correct & "-" & @CRLF)

That made the additional @CRLF immediately obvious. :(

By the way, you can use the "print" verb directly in the ShellExecute command - it might shorten the script a bit. :lol:


Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind._______My UDFs:


ArrayMultiColSort ---- Sort arrays on multiple columns
ChooseFileFolder ---- Single and multiple selections from specified path treeview listing
Date_Time_Convert -- Easily convert date/time formats, including the language used
ExtMsgBox --------- A highly customisable replacement for MsgBox
GUIExtender -------- Extend and retract multiple sections within a GUI
GUIFrame ---------- Subdivide GUIs into many adjustable frames
GUIListViewEx ------- Insert, delete, move, drag, sort, edit and colour ListView items
GUITreeViewEx ------ Check/clear parent and child checkboxes in a TreeView
Marquee ----------- Scrolling tickertape GUIs
NoFocusLines ------- Remove the dotted focus lines from buttons, sliders, radios and checkboxes
Notify ------------- Small notifications on the edge of the display
Scrollbars ----------Automatically sized scrollbars with a single command
StringSize ---------- Automatically size controls to fit text
Toast -------------- Small GUIs which pop out of the notification area


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Thanks for the help. It works.

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