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Calling the default email editor

How can you call a user's default email editor in VB 5/6 under Windows 95/98/NT?
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watyCommented:

Debug.Print ExecuteWithAssociate(Me.hWnd, "mailto:", "waty.thierry@usa.net")

Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib "shell32.dll" Alias "ShellExecuteA" (ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal lpOperation As String, ByVal lpFile As String, ByVal lpParameters As String, ByVal lpdirectory As String, ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long


Public Function ExecuteWithAssociate(ByVal hWnd As Long, S As String, Optional Param As Variant, Optional windowstyle As Variant) As Boolean
   ' #VBIDEUtils#************************************************************
   ' * Programmer Name  : Waty Thierry
   ' * Web Site         : www.geocities.com/ResearchTriangle/6311/
   ' * E-Mail           : waty.thierry@usa.net
   ' * Date             : 9/10/98
   ' * Time             : 11:48
   ' * Module Name      : Execute_Module
   ' * Module Filename  :Execute.bas
   ' * Procedure Name   : ExecuteWithAssociate
   ' * Parameters       :
   ' *                    ByVal hWnd As Long
   ' *                    S As String
   ' *                    Optional Param As Variant
   ' *                    Optional windowstyle As Variant
   ' **********************************************************************
   ' * Comments         :
   ' * Executes a file with it's associated program.
   ' *   windowstyle uses the same constants as the Shell function:
   ' *      vbHide   0
   ' *      vbNormalFocus  1
   ' *      vbMinimizedFocus  2
   ' *      vbMaximizedFocus  3
   ' *      vbNormalNoFocus   4
   ' *      vbMinimizedNoFocus   6
   ' *
   ' *  returns true on success
   ' *
   ' *
   ' **********************************************************************
   
   Dim i As Long

   If IsMissing(windowstyle) Then
      windowstyle = vbNormalFocus
   End If

   i = ShellExecute(hWnd, vbNullString, S, IIf(IsMissing(Param) Or (Param = ""), vbNullString, CStr(Param)), GetPath(S), CLng(windowstyle))
   If i > 32 Then
      ExecuteWithAssociate = True
   Else
      ExecuteWithAssociate = False
   End If
   
End Function


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mshireAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I'll give it a go.
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mshireAuthor Commented:
It calls the editor alright but it doesn't enter the email address parameter. Is there something I'm not doing or does it depend on the email editor (I'm using Outlook express)?

Thanks again.
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watyCommented:
try this :
Debug.Print ExecuteWithAssociate(Me.hWnd, "mailto:waty.thierry@usa.net")
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mshireAuthor Commented:
Thats better, thanks.
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