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how to execute programs(like notepad, wordpad, paint...)?
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Question by:Jurica2505
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by:Epsylon
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Try this:

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'notepad', '', '', SW_NORMAL);

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'somefile.txt', '', '', SW_NORMAL);

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'somefile.doc', '', '', SW_NORMAL);


Regards,

Epsylon.
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by:Epsylon
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Forgot to tell to put ShellAPI in the uses clause.

And here's another example:

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'wordpad', 'c:\autoexec.bat', '', SW_NORMAL);


Cheers,

Epsylon.
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by:saar071697
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you can try this the other way:

WinExec('notepad.exe',2);

You can replace the 2 at 1 or 0:
0 mean invisible
1 mean minimize
2 mean maximize
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Uses ShellAPI;

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'notepad', '', '', SW_NORMAL);

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'somefile.txt', '', '', SW_NORMAL);

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'somefile.doc', '', '', SW_NORMAL);

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'wordpad', '', '', SW_NORMAL);

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'paint', '', '', SW_NORMAL);
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Uses ShellAPI;

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'notepad', '', '', SW_NORMAL);

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'somefile.txt', '', '', SW_NORMAL);

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'somefile.doc', '', '', SW_NORMAL);

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'wordpad', '', '', SW_NORMAL);

ShellExecute(Handle, 'open', 'paint', '', '', SW_NORMAL);
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