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Understanding how to use @AppDataDir when building out a path location

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Just new to AutoIT so apologies for this simple question.


Trying to use the FileExists command in conjunction with building out a directory path using the @AppDataDir command but the this does not seem to return the correct result.

Here a copy of my syntax.

If FileExists ("@AppDataDir+\Microsoft\Word\Startup\Normal.dotm") = 1 Then
    MsgBox(0,"info", "File exists" , 10)
    MsgBox(0,"info", "File does not exist" , 10)


If I use the explicit path C:\users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word\Startup\Normal.dotm then the correct result appears.

Can someone advise where I have gone wrong please?

Normal.dotm exists in the path mentioned.









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Welcome to AutoIt Icebun! ☺️

When joining a variable/macro with a string, you use the & operator. Only the string should be inside the quotations, anything else outside.

Like so:

If FileExists(@AppDataDir & "\Microsoft\Word\Startup\Normal.dotm") = 1 Then
    MsgBox(0,"info", "File exists" , 10)
    MsgBox(0,"info", "File does not exist" , 10)


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