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How do you get a bat file to run?
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by:dabellei
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simpiest way is to use the shell function  here the MSDN topics

Shell Function
     

Runs an executable program and returns a Variant (Double) representing the program's task ID if successful, otherwise it returns zero.

Syntax

Shell(pathname[,windowstyle])

The Shell function syntax has thesenamed arguments:

Part Description
pathname Required; Variant (String). Name of the program to execute and any requiredarguments orcommand-line switches; may include directory or folder and drive.
windowstyle Optional. Variant (Integer) corresponding to the style of the window in which the program is to be run. If windowstyle is omitted, the program is started minimized with focus.


The windowstyle named argument has these values:

Constant Value Description
vbHide 0 Window is hidden and focus is passed to the hidden window.  
vbNormalFocus 1 Window has focus and is restored to its original size and position.
vbMinimizedFocus 2 Window is displayed as an icon with focus.
vbMaximizedFocus 3 Window is maximized with focus.
vbNormalNoFocus 4 Window is restored to its most recent size and position. The currently active window remains active.
vbMinimizedNoFocus 6 Window is displayed as an icon. The currently active window remains active.


Remarks

If the Shell function successfully executes the named file, it returns the task ID of the started program. The task ID is a unique number that identifies the running program. If the Shell function can't start the named program, an error occurs.

Note   By default, the Shell function runs other programs asynchronously. This means that a program started with Shell might not finish executing before the statements following the Shell function are executed.

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by:jjeva
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I'm pretty new, and didn't understand half of it, just give me the code. I'll probably understand it then
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ajmendes earned 10 total points
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Hi,
try this code:

Dim i As Variant

    i = Shell("C:\windows\command.com <Batch Filename>", vbNormalFocus)

Bye.
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by:ajmendes
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Hi, it's me again
i'm sorry, but the answer i gave to you is wrong.

Bye.
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by:ajmendes
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Hi, i'm back once more

Try this:
Dim i As Variant

    i = Shell("<Batch Complete Filename>", vbNormalFocus)

this will work.
Tell me if it did, and in that case i will repost this as an answer, OK?
Bye.

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by:mark2150
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SHELL will work to run a batch file, but it won't wait for it to complete. For that you need the ExecCmd function. Open up the question and I'll post the code.

M

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