# Unable to open notepad file with AutoIt

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Hi all, beginner here (15+ years since my last dabbling in code)

I've searched extensively in Help and in various threads here, and I feel like I've tried everything. No matter what, I can't get AutoIt to open a notepad file.

From >here, I have tried this

$program_location = @ProgramFilesDir & "\Folder\program.exe"$file_location = "C:\Desktop\text.txt"
Run( $program_location & " " &$file_location & "")

From >here, I have tried this

I have tried ShellExecute and OpenFile too, and this is the code i'm trying to integrate it into, with something else I've tried:

#include <ButtonConstants.au3>
#include <EditConstants.au3>
#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <StaticConstants.au3>
#include <WindowsConstants.au3>
#Region ### START Koda GUI section ### Form=
Global $Form1 = GUICreate("Form1", 518, 768) Global$Label1 = GUICtrlCreateLabel("FRA", 104, 64, 26, 17)
Global $Label2 = GUICtrlCreateLabel("GER", 384, 64, 26, 17) Global$List1 = GUICtrlCreateList("Changelog", 8, 632, 497, 129)
Global $Button1 = GUICtrlCreateButton("Contact me", 200, 24, 75, 25) Global$Label3 = GUICtrlCreateLabel("FRA entry", 16, 96, 196, 497)
Global $Label4 = GUICtrlCreateLabel("GER entry", 296, 96, 204, 497) GUISetState(@SW_SHOW) #EndRegion ### END Koda GUI section ### While 1$msg = GUIGetMsg()
If $msg =$Button1 Then
$_path = "M:\autoit\training\test.txt"$_Run = "notepad.exe "
ConsoleWrite ( "$_Run : " & "$_path" & @Crlf )
ElseIf $msg =$GUI_EVENT_CLOSE Then
Exit(1)
EndIf
WEnd

I've tried so many more things trying to get this to work; I've been watching youtube tutorials and working with examples etc, but I've got no clue why it won't open the file. No tutorials seem to cover what I want. Am I doing something drastically wrong?

Thanks

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ConsoleWrite ( "$_Run : " & "$_path" & @Crlf )

will show you:

$_Run :$_path

not the value.

You can try this:

ConsoleWrite ( $_Run & " : " &$_path & @Crlf )

EDIT:

Welcome to the forum.

mLipok

EDIT 2:

you can try also this:

$_path = "M:\autoit\training\test.txt"$_Run = "notepad.exe"

Run($_Run & " " &$_path)
Edited by mLipok

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You can try this:

ConsoleWrite ( $_Run & " : " &$_path & @Crlf )

This doesn't open the file, but pops a line in bottom of SciTe:

notepad.exe  : M:\autoit\training\test.txt

you can try also this:

$_path = "M:\autoit\training\test.txt"$_Run = "notepad.exe"

Run($_Run & " " &$_path)

This unfortunately doesn't open the file either, and doesn't pop the same lineas above in SciTe.

I'm running as admin, with UAC turned off, I've tried compling the script instead of running in SciTe, is there something fundamental that I've missed? I'm guessing it's a very beginner problem

Edited by Inpho

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Notepad is in the windows directory:

@WindowsDir

not

@ProgramFilesDir

Maybe this is it. Where is the location of the text file you are trying to open?

Edited by computergroove

Get Scite to add a popup when you use a 3rd party UDF -> http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/scite/docs/SciTE4AutoIt3/user-calltip-manager.html

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ok try this:

Run("notepad.exe" & " " & @ScriptFullPath)

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Anticipating Errors :  "Any program that accepts data from a user must include code to validate that data before sending it to the data store. You cannot rely on the data store, ...., or even your programming language to notify you of problems. You must check every byte entered by your users, making sure that data is the correct type for its field and that required fields are not empty."

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I just made this and it opened my file

Run(@WindowsDir & "\Notepad.exe" & " " & "C:\LiqList.txt")

Get Scite to add a popup when you use a 3rd party UDF -> http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/scite/docs/SciTE4AutoIt3/user-calltip-manager.html

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This worked as well

$program_location = @WindowsDir & "\Notepad.exe"$file_location = "C:\LiqList.txt"
Run($program_location & " " &$file_location)
;Run(@WindowsDir & "\Notepad.exe" & " " & "C:\LiqList.txt")

Get Scite to add a popup when you use a 3rd party UDF -> http://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/scite/docs/SciTE4AutoIt3/user-calltip-manager.html

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Ah yes, thanks

com; seems it was defaulting to wrong directory to open notepad.exe, setting the full path of notepad opened notepad correctly

mL; yes thats perfect thanks, although it opened my current project file as notepad file, after editing @SFP to $_path it works perfectly How it looks now, marking it solved, thanks again #include <ButtonConstants.au3> #include <EditConstants.au3> #include <GUIConstantsEx.au3> #include <StaticConstants.au3> #include <WindowsConstants.au3> #Region ### START Koda GUI section ### Form= Global$Form1 = GUICreate("Form1", 518, 768)
Global $Label1 = GUICtrlCreateLabel("FRA", 104, 64, 26, 17) Global$Label2 = GUICtrlCreateLabel("GER", 384, 64, 26, 17)
Global $List1 = GUICtrlCreateList("Changelog", 8, 632, 497, 129) Global$Button1 = GUICtrlCreateButton("Contact me", 200, 24, 75, 25)
Global $Label3 = GUICtrlCreateLabel("FRA entry", 16, 96, 196, 497) Global$Label4 = GUICtrlCreateLabel("GER entry", 296, 96, 204, 497)
GUISetState(@SW_SHOW)
#EndRegion ### END Koda GUI section ###

While 1
$msg = GUIGetMsg() If$msg = $Button1 Then$_path = "M:\autoit\training\test.txt"
Run("c:\windows\notepad.exe" & " " & $_path) ElseIf$msg = \$GUI_EVENT_CLOSE Then
Exit(1)
EndIf
WEnd

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If you want to mark this thread as solved you can use a special button (see my signature), and btw. the best answer is your own post #8 (i think so).

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"Homo sum; humani nil a me alienum puto" - Publius Terentius Afer
"Program are meant to be read by humans and only incidentally for computers and execute" - Donald Knuth, "The Art of Computer Programming"
, be   and       \\//_.

Anticipating Errors :  "Any program that accepts data from a user must include code to validate that data before sending it to the data store. You cannot rely on the data store, ...., or even your programming language to notify you of problems. You must check every byte entered by your users, making sure that data is the correct type for its field and that required fields are not empty."

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