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I'm  trying to get ShellExecute to work but
I think I misunderstood how it works and
this came up:

: error C2660: 'ShellExecuteA' : function does not take 3 parameters
Error executing cl.exe.

Some working source code would be appreciated

Thanx
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Question by:atsui
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The compiler is right : ShellExecute function does not take 3 parameters but 6 parameters :

HINSTANCE ShellExecute (    
  HWND hwnd,    
  LPCTSTR lpOperation,
  LPCTSTR lpFile,    
  LPCTSTR lpParameters,    
  LPCTSTR lpDirectory,
  INT nShowCmd) ;      

Source code example follows.

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To execute an application (e.g. NOTEPAD), use :
ShellExecute(NULL,"open","notepad.exe","",NULL,SW_SHOW) ;

To print a file (e.g. C:\TEMP\TEST.TXT), use :
ShellExecute(NULL,"print","C:\\TEMP\\TEST.TXT",NULL,NULL,SW_SHOW) ;

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by:atsui
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Hehe, turns out, I forgot about the escape character "\"
THanks for the source man
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To execute an application (e.g. COMMAND), use :
     ShellExecute(NULL,"open","command.com","",NULL,SW_SHOW) ;

     To print a file (e.g. C:\TEMP\TEST.TXT), use :
     ShellExecute(NULL,"print","C:\\TEMP\\TEST.TXT",NULL,NULL,SW_SHOW);
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ShellExecute function does not take 3 parameters but 6
   parameters :
        To execute an application (e.g. WINFILE), use :
        ShellExecute(NULL,"open","winfile","",NULL,SW_SHOW) ;

        To print a file (e.g. C:\TEMP\TEST.TXT), use :
        ShellExecute(NULL,"print","C:\\TEMP\\TEST.TXT",NULL,NULL,SW_SHOW);
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