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Hi, 

I have a script that extracts maritime container numbers from PDF documents. The script is working fine, however PDF file name is hardcoded into the script. I could of course add some GUI where PDF file can be selected, but I want to make it even easier to use: user select PDF file in Windows Explorer, right click on it and run a script from context menu. 

Questions: what function to use, in order to detect which file is selected by the user? How to pass file name as variable to the script? 

 

 

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When adding the script to the context menu you can define which parameter to pass to the script. Means: Which file has been selected.

Details can be found here: https://www.howtogeek.com/107965/how-to-add-any-application-shortcut-to-windows-explorers-context-menu/


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Ok, looks like filename is passed as variable %1. Do I simply add something like 

$PDFFile = EnvGet ( "%1" )

to obtain filename in the script? 

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43 minutes ago, Ostap said:

$PDFFile = EnvGet ( "%1" )

No, you need to use the command line parameters passed to the compiled script.
Please check the help file for $CmdLine and $CmdLineRaw: https://www.autoitscript.com/autoit3/docs/intro/running.htm#CommandLine


My UDFs and Tutorials:

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UDFs:
Active Directory (NEW 2020-09-05 - Version 1.5.1.1) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
OutlookEX (NEW 2020-06-27 - Version 1.6.1.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts - Wiki
OutlookEX_GUI (NEW 2020-06-27 - Version 1.3.2.0) - Download
Outlook Tools (2019-07-22 - Version 0.6.0.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki
ExcelChart (2017-07-21 - Version 0.4.0.1) - Download - General Help & Support - Example Scripts
PowerPoint (2017-06-06 - Version 0.0.5.0) - Download - General Help & Support
Excel - Example Scripts - Wiki
Word - Wiki
Task Scheduler (2019-12-03 - Version 1.5.1.0) - Download - General Help & Support - Wiki

Tutorials:
ADO - Wiki, WebDriver - Wiki

 

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In any case, you could use both approaches.  If no command line parameter is passed to the script, you could simply use FileOpenDialog.

You would get the best of all worlds !   o:)

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