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Run and Shellexecute

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Hello all

This may be a stupid question and apologies if its already been answered, but in what situations would you run as opposed to shellexecute and vica verca, because to me it seems as though they do the same thing

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Noviceatthis,

The clue is in the parameters you pass:

- Run - an executable which will "run" using the parameters passed to it

- ShellExecute - a file which will be run by Windows using the executable associated with that file type

Both of these will run Notepad with a specified file (assuming Notepad is your default text file editor: ;)

Run("Notepad.exe fred.txt")

ShellExecute("fred.txt")

All clear? :)

M23

Edited by Melba23
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Noviceatthis,

I believe it was Melba23 that pointed out to me some time ago that ShellExecute can also be used to open a program in a specific mode. For instance, InfoPath has a design mode. I was unable to open it in design mode with the Run command, but with ShellExecute I was. Here's how:

$filename = InputBox ("File Name", "Please enter the InfoPath file path and name to be republished.", "", "", 635,125)
ShellExecute ($filename, "", "", "design")
WinWait ("(Design) Microsoft Office InfoPath")
;commands to work with the file in Design mode go here

Using the Run command, I was simply opening the InfoPath form in normal mode when I needed to open it in Design mode in order to republish it.

Good luck in your endeavors.

_aleph_


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You could use

Run("Infopath /design")

Which will open Infopath in design mode as well.

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Thank you all, think I got it now :)

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Thanks for the tip, BrewManNH. I would never have tried that based on the syntax for the Run command.


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