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How can I open a text file or *.doc file by any default viewer or editor of the computer my program would possibly run ! sorry I only have 13 points left
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I assume this is for windows?  Look at ShellExecute().
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I need a little further explanation.  If you want, for instance notepad to open a text file and your program is to control all of this, you can make a win32 CreateProcess call and pass the file name(parameters) and the executable(notepad) is to use.  This will work for other editors as well.  However, I am not sure by your question what you want.  If this is I can give you further explanation with specific code examples.
hope this helps,
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ShellExecute() works because you don't have to specify the application.  You just specify the file to be opened and windows finds the application to open it--if possible.
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thanks Nietod

for mbequette : what I want is to open a file by what ever a default viewer or editor of the host machine, not a specific one to be defined by CreateProcess ! For example a PC that doesnt have Words it would open a .doc file by WordPad or a wordviewer plugin ... thanks though
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