VB3 and MS Word

How to detect if Word is open, and specially how to 100 % being sure to activate it, and then open a specified file ?
Especially when the app is minimized, i can not make it to work, in other case it will often works ? I am using the following API functions :


And it works when Word is NOT in minimized state.

Thanks !
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vmanoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi pgg,
You can use the shellexecute function as described below.
Basically for the lpszFile$ parameter, just pass in the filename that you want to open for eg. "MYDOC.DOC".

   ' Enter the following three lines as one, single line:
   Declare Function ShellExecute Lib "SHELL" (ByVal hwnd%,   ByVal   lpszOp$,ByVal lpszFile$, ByVal lpszParams$, ByVal lpszDir$,      ByVal fsShowCmd%) As Integer

Here is a table providing descriptions for each parameter:

Parameter   Description

hwnd%       Identifies the parent window. This window receives   any message boxes an application produces (for example, for error

lpszOp$     Points to a null-terminated string specifying the operation to perform. This string can be "open" or "print." If this parameter is NULL, "open" is the default value.

lpszFile$   Points to a null-terminated string specifying the file to open. lpszParams$ Points to a null-terminated string specifying parameters passed to the application when the lpszFile parameter specifies an executable file. If lpszFile points to a string specifying a document file, this parameter is NULL.

lpszDir$    Points to a null-terminated string specifying the default directory.

fsShowCmd% Specifies whether the application window is to be shown when the application is opened. This parameter can be one of the values described in the API ShowWindow().

Let me know if this helps.

pggAuthor Commented:
Hi !

Thanks for the answer.

Sorry for the delay. Does this works with VB 3 ?
I will test it ?

Regards PGG
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