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A question on Shell function

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hi,
I make .exe for an application and use Shell to activate it
in a menu option. The application is activated but is minimised. I check the windowstate of the form and it's Normal.

Please advise how i can activate the application and make it
normal instead of minimised?

Thanks.
Andrea
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When you call the program using the shell function, make sure that you include the windowstyle argument. It's optional, but the default is the window minimized. Here is the syntax:

Dim r as long ' value returned by program
r = Shell(pathname[,windowstyle])
r = Shell(C:\program.exe, 1)

pathname = "c:\windows\notepad.exe c:\My Documents\resume.txt"

This will open resume.txt using notepad.exe

pathname = "c:\applications\MyProgram.exe"

This will run MyProgram.exe


windowstyle value      window state upon execution

0      Window is hidden and focus is passed to the hidden window.
1      Window has focus and is restored to its original size and position.
2      Window is displayed minimized (taskbar icon) with focus.
3      Window is maximized with focus.
4      Window is restored to its most recent size and position. The currently active window remains active.
6      Window is displayed as an icon. Current window remains active.

vbHide                      0      
vbNormalFocus              1      
vbMinimizedFocus      2      
vbMaximizedFocus      3      
vbNormalNoFocus              4      
<NONE>                 <5>
vbMinimizedNoFocus      6


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by:tanmh
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hi,
thanks for the answer. it works!!!
just for clarification, why can't i set the window state in the form properties?

andrea
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It's anybody's guess why the shell function ignores the windowstate property that is set at design-time. Maybe VB6.0 will have this bug fixed.
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