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I am new to Delphi (1.0). I have a small database application which stores a word processor document related to each entry. I want to be able to launch and view these documents from within the application. I have played with ShellExecute, but can't get it to work. Is ShellExecute the answer or is there another way?

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 JohnE
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ronit051397 earned 150 total points
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Yes, ShellExecute is one of the posibilities, Example:

uses ShellApi;

procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
ShellExecute(Handle,'open','c:\ronit\document1.doc','','',SW_SHOW);
end;

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Thanks ronit. This is along the lines I have been trying. What I really need is an extension of this anwer. The document changes with each record. How do I modify your anwser to be able to execute with document names that change with each database record?
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If you use shellexecute and word is not loaded, then it is loaded and opens the document you specified.
If word is allready loaded then it is not loaded twice, only opens the document you specified. Do you want to Know how to close the last document before opening another one?
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