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How to pause and underlying process while using ShellExecute to launch a URL from VB 5

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I am trying to Shell to a specific URL with my default browser using ShellExecute from VB, however, I want to pause my VB processing until the Shelled browser process is complete.  From ShellExecute I can't seem to find anything to allow me to wait for the new process to complete before executing the rest of the VB procedure.  I was looking into ShellExecuteEx but am unsure of the VB declaration of the API and the ShellExecuteInfo structure?
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Use ShellExecuteEx() instead.  When it returns you willl have a handle to the process that your started in the hProcess member of  SHELLEXECUTEINFO structure you passed to tshellExecuteEx().  use this handle in WaitForSingleObject().  The wait function will wait until the process finishes and terminates or until the time period you specify elapses (use an infinite wait time if you always want to wait for the process to finish.)
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Let me know if you have questions.
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Thanks for the information, it's very helpful, I just have one quick addition.  I've found structure definition for ShellexecuteInfo in C++, I was wondering what would be the conversion of the Structure to a Type declaration in VB 5.  Thanks again in advance

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Doesn't VB include it somehow?

I don't know VB, but I can explain the C++ side and you can translate it to VB (I hope).
The  DWORD types (cbSize and dwHotKey) are 32 bit integers.
The ULONG type (fMask) is a 32 bit unsigned integer.
The HWND is a window handle (32 bit pointer)
The LPCSTR types are 32 bit pointers to character (byte) arrays.  The arrays are terminated with a NUL, that is 0, byte.  VB does not use strings like this, but It must have options for producing them.  This is the same type of strign that is passed to other windows API functions.
The int (hShow) is a 32 bit signed integer.
The LPVOID is a 32 bit pointer.
The HKEY is a handle to a registry key.
The HANDLE is a generic handle (32 bit pointer).

I hope that helps.
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