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Function Reference



Runs an external program using the ShellExecute API.

ShellExecute ( "filename" [, "parameters" [, "workingdir" [, "verb" [, showflag]]]] )


filename The name of the file to run (EXE, .txt, .lnk, etc).

parameters [optional] Any parameters for the program. Blank ("") uses none.

workingdir [optional] The working directory. Blank ("") uses the current working directory.

verb [optional] The "verb" to use, common verbs include:

open = (default) Opens the file specified. The file can be an executable file, a document file, or a folder

edit = Launches an editor and opens the document for editing. If "filename" is not a document file, the function will fail

print = Prints the document file specified. If "filename" is not a document file, the function will fail

properties = Displays the file or folder's properties

showflag [optional] The "show" flag of the executed program:

@SW_HIDE = Hidden window

@SW_MINIMIZE = Minimized window

@SW_MAXIMIZE = Maximized window

Return Value

Success: Returns 1.

Failure: Depends on RunErrorsFatal; see Remarks.


After running the requested program the script continues. To pause execution of the script until the spawned program has finished use the ShellExecuteWait function instead.

By default the script will terminate with a fatal error if the ShellExecute function fails. To set @error to 1 as an indication of failure, see AutoItSetOption.


ShellExecuteWait, Run, RunErrorsFatal (Option), RunWait


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